Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov has hammered the Barcelona board for its remedy of Lionel Messi.
The Argentina star made a switch request on Tuesday amid rising frustration with the presidency of Josep Maria Bartomeu and disillusionment with the shortage of progress on the sphere.
Manchester Metropolis head the queue of golf equipment aiming to take Messi if he can extricate himself from his contract – or if Barca determine a sale is the one manner out of a dangerous state of affairs.
However there’s a public relations battle additionally taking part in out in Barcelona, with the membership eager to painting Messi as betraying the membership which took him to the heights of fame and fortune, whereas the participant’s camp are eager to emphasize that the membership has let him down after 20 years of loyal service.
Messi has requested for a gathering with the senior administration of the membership, however the preliminary response appears to be that there’s nothing to debate – until somebody triggers his £630million launch clause.
That has introduced stinging criticism from Ballon D’Or winner Stoichkov, the Bulgaria star who received Barca’s first European Cup – alongside Pep Guardiola – in 1992, in addition to 4 successive La Liga titles.
“We’re erasing a fable, we’re giving the perfect participant in Barcelona’s historical past a kick up the bottom,” stated Stoichkov.
“We’re staining his title, his charisma. I’m a member, in order that’s why I’m saying we’re staining it. The board has ruined all the pieces. It appears as if they wish to pit the followers in opposition to the gamers.
“I received successive league titles, the membership’s first European Cup – I don’t know learn how to repay the love from the followers. However this board doesn’t present its face. As a membership, it’s pitiful.”
Stoichkov recommended Messi is simply the newest participant to endure from the board’s safety of its personal pursuits.
“I don’t know why we, the gamers who’ve made historical past at Barcelona, are at all times proven the again door,” he stated.
“They assume we’re going to trouble them as a result of we wish to take the presidency off them or one thing like that. I don’t know what goes by means of their heads.”