Family members of Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi, are furious over claims made by his former team-mate at Barcelona, Gerard Pique.
It is understood that Messi has not spoken to Pique since he left Spain.
This is because Pique refused to take a pay-cut until after he departed for PSG.
This week, Pique said: “Am I crying inside thinking about his departure for Paris? Yes, for us and for him. I think for the career he had at Barcelona, it would have been good if he stayed until the end.
But I can understand what happened, the club is suffering a lot economically because of the former presidency and the way they managed the club.
A Messi family member took to social media to slam Pique, with the comments relayed by local journalist Gerard Romero.
“Gerard Piqué, you are so fake and shameless, that not only you didn’t cry, but you told mediocre Joan Laporta that if he wanted to build a winning team, he had to sell Leo Messi.
“That same Leo Messi who saved you from Zaragoza when nobody wanted you because you were resentful, envious and a bad teammate.”
Messi’s family friend seems to refer to Pique’s loan spell to Real Zarazoga during the early stages of his footballing career. He joined the club on loan during 2006/07 but after an unimpressive spell, he was lucky enough to rejoin Barça in the summer of 2007.
Messi is perceived to have played a vital role in convincing Barcelona to re-sign the defender from Manchester United. And while the duo has won countless titles together in Catalonia, they have drifted apart in recent years.
Adding to his slander, the family friend called Pique: “Rancorous, envious, and a bad teammate”.
The social media post only adds to what has been a disastrous year for Pique so far, with the defender being subjected to fierce criticism over his involvement in the Supercopa deal.
Recent reports have further revealed how the Barcelona dressing room had called him a “traitor” two years ago, shortly after his contract extension under the previous president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
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