It was an intense training session for Barcelona, as Manager Quique Setien reportedly had to split the gap between Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Both players reportedly collided in training, and this could have been the result of Barcelona’s 0-0 draw with Sevilla on Friday, June 20.
Real Madrid climbed to the top of the Spanish La Liga table on Sunday night, beating real Sociedad 2-1, while Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema were on the scoresheet.
Griezmann, who joined Barcelona for a whopping £ 108 million, has failed to impress since joining the club from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid last summer.
There are reports that the Catalan club is making efforts to sell the Frenchman, as they have also been financially affected by the pandemic.
Manchester United, linked with Griezmann before he joined Barca, are likely to return if he is sold. Spanish website Diario Gol reported that the 29-year-old striker’s rift with superstar Messi “has escalated to a level that cannot go unnoticed.”
He added that Manager Setien “and some colleagues had to intervene in a fight at training.” In the match against Leganes, Messi reportedly never gave a pass to his teammate.
Lionel Messi was also caught on camera in training with a scar on his leg after a nasty challenge from Sevilla star Diego Carlos. This incident led to a fight between both sides when Messi pushed Carlos in the chest, who fell desperately.
The Brazilian defender was lucky not to be shown a red card for his tackle, and Messi also escaped a fine.
The match ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw for Barcelona in favor of Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, which forced their rivals real Madrid to overtake them in the La Liga table after a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.
Gerard Pique said after the match that it will be difficult to catch up with Los Blancos after he leads Zinedine Zidane’s team under the head-to-head rule.
It was reported that Lionel Messi is reportedly in talks with Barcelona about a possible new two-year contract that will allow him to stay at the club until the end of the 2023 season.
The Argentine wants to extend his stay at the club, but Barcelona have vowed not to increase their current salary, as he earns £ 1.15 million a week.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo reports that the Catalan club will not increase the player’s salary, as the club is also suffering from the consequences of the pandemic financially.
It has become known that Messi’s father Jorge is currently in talks with the club’s President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, with proposals that both sides agree on the terms of the contract.