Barcelona midfielder, Lionel Messi has come out to say that he was shocked by the revelations of an alleged social media scandal at the club.
Spanish reports had circulated this week claiming Barca hired a PR company to create social media accounts that would boost the reputation of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and destroy the image of important persons linked to the club like Messi, Gerard Pique, Xavi and former manager Pep Guardiola.
However, despite admitting that it hired I3 Ventures, Barca said the company “has no relationship with the accounts mentioned and, if any relationship was to come to light, the club would immediately end their contractual agreement and bring about any necessary legal action to defend their interests.”
Reacting, Messi has said Bartomeu had a discussion with the players when the news broke and explained the situation, but the Argentine wizard is not sure if the reports are legit.
His words, “It really took me a bit by surprise because I wasn’t here and I was just travelling. When I got back I learned a little about everything,”
“The president told us the same thing he said in public – the same thing he said at the press conference. What was the situation, what had happened and I can’t say much more. Just as you know everything he said, he told the captains the same in private.
“It’s weird that something like this happens, but they also said that there would be evidence.
“We will have to wait to see if it is true or not. We cannot say much and we will wait to see what happens with all of this. I really thought it was a strange subject.”
He also talked about his love for Barca and how he misses his birthplace, “I love Barcelona but I also miss Rosario a lot,”
“This is my home, I’ve spent more time here than I did in Argentina.
“I love Barcelona, the place where I live in Castelldefels and I have a life that I like very much.”