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If I Was President, I Would’ve Handled The Messi Matter Differently – Pique

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Gerard PiqueBarcelona defender, Gerard Pique has come out to say that the club’s hierarchy has been barbaric towards Messi.

He recently revealed that he would have handled Lionel Messi’s drama very differently if he was president of the club.

According to him, it is wrong for the Argentine to be treated in such a manner because he is the best player in history who only wants the best for Barcelona.

He added that the board spending money to criticize their players and people with a historical relationship with the club is just shameful.

His words, “I don’t want to get on badly with anyone but there have been times, like the issue of social networks. As a Barca player, I see that my club has spent money, money that went to criticising not only people with a historical relationship with the club, but active players – and that is barbaric,”

His words, “I don’t want to get on badly with anyone but there have been times, like the issue of social networks. As a Barca player, I see that my club has spent money, money that went to criticising not only people with a historical relationship with the club, but active players – and that is barbaric,”

“I asked [Bartomeu] for an explanation and what he told me was: ‘Gerard, I didn’t know’, and I believed it. Then, later, we see that the person in charge of hiring those services is still working at the club.

“That hurts me a lot. I can say that in public because I told the president personally before. What do you want me to say? It is painful? Yes. Can I do anything about it? Well, no. My relationship with the president may be cordial but there are things that have stayed the same.”

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“If I was president I would have acted differently,”

“I asked Leo to hold on. I didn’t have much dealings with him in those days because I thought it was a very personal decision. I do remember saying: ‘Leo, it’s just a year and then new people will come in’.

“I ask myself: How can it be that the best player in history, who we have the holy luck to enjoy, gets up one day and sends a burofax because he feels that they are not listening to him? It’s shocking. What’s going on?

“Leo deserves everything. The stadium should have his name on it before any sponsor. We must protect our own, not discredit them.”

“It surprises me that people like Pep [Guardiola], Puyi [CarlesPuyol], Xavi or [Victor] Valdes are not in the club. Something isn’t being done well. You have to keep these people around, they are part of the club’s history and have made it great. They should be here.”

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