Eric Abidal’s statement left Barcelona captain Lionel Messi fuming

    Barcelona stalwart Lionel Messi has responded to the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal’s accusations of Ernesto Valverde’s work ethic following the manager’s farewell

    Although he guided Barcelona to the top of La Liga and led them to the Champions League knockout stages, Valverde was fired by the Catalans in January, with Quique Setien taking his place.

    Abidal said the players ‘were not satisfied nor worked hard’ under the former Athletic Bilbao coach, admitting he thought there was an ‘internal communication issue.’

    However, the Frenchman’s words seem to have infuriated the Barcelona captain, who rarely uses social media to express his opinion, forcing the 32-year-old to give his assessment of the situation via his Instagram profile.

    Responding to the sporting director’s statement, Messi wrote on Instagram: “Honestly, I don’t like doing these things, but I think everyone should be responsible for their tasks and take ownership of their decisions.”

    “The players should own up to what happens on the pitch and additionally, we are the first ones to admit when we weren’t good.

    “The sporting directors should also take their share of the blame and above all else own up to the decisions they make.

    “Lastly, I think that when one speaks about the players, they should give names because if not they’re dirtying everyone and feeding things that are said and are not true.”

    Since Setien’s arrival, Barcelona slipped to second in the table, leaving arch-rivals Real Madrid three points clear at the summit, and the injuries of Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele will hardly help the new manager in his efforts to win the title.

    Also, Messi has been linked with a switch away from the Camp Nou in light of current events, which is another massive setback and a big distraction from the ongoing problems.

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