The Argentine star made the event again with unexpected statements upon returning to Barcelona from Peru, where he led his country in the World Cup Qualifiers (Qatar 2022).
Messi participated in the match that Argentina won 2-0 at the expense of Peru, and Argentina is second in the qualifiers with 10 points, two points behind the leader’s Brazil.
Messi left Peru after the match to return to Barcelona in his private plane and was greeted by a crowd of journalists at the airport.
Messi made a surprise statement in which he said, “I am tired of being accused of all Barcelona’s problems,” without providing additional details about the reason for his anger.
The Spanish press reports linked Messi’s anger to previous statements from a close associate of French striker Antoine Griezmann, who talked about Messi’s power in Barcelona and his role in Griezmann’s failure to shine with the Catalan club.
The Argentine star added, “On top of that and after traveling for 15 hours, I find a tax employee to do an inspection. This is crazy.”
Spanish press reports stated that Messi was surprised by the presence of a tax officer waiting for him, which caused him to be detained at the airport for about half an hour.
The new statement confirms that the Argentine star did not overcome the problems he experienced last summer with the team after his request to leave, and it seems that the resignation of President Josep Maria Bartomeu did not change the position of Messi, whose contract with the royal club will expire at the end of the current season.