Lionel Messi “has a regime of terror in Barcelona”, says former agent of Antoine Griezmann

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Former Antonine Griezmann adviser has delivered a disappointing assessment of Lionel Messi’s ‘deplorable’ influence in Barcelona, ​​accusing him of overseeing ‘a regime of terror’.

Griezmann was a long-term Barcelona target when he arrived at Camp Nou in 2019 in a £ 107million transfer from Atletico Madrid.

But Eric Olhats claims Griezmann has met the star man’s disdain at Barcelona and claims Messi has gone out of his way to destabilize the Frenchman. Olhats also rejected Messi’s request to leave this summer, saying it was another way for the striker to exert his power over the club.

Antoine Griezmann’s advisor (right) accused Lionel Messi (left) of troubling the Frenchman

Griezmann arrived at Camp Nou in 2019 in a £ 107million transfer from Atletico Madird

Griezmann arrived at Camp Nou in 2019 in a £ 107million transfer from Atletico Madird

Eric Olhats (right) has launched an extraordinary attack on Messi's influence at Barcelona

Eric Olhats (right) has launched an extraordinary attack on Messi’s influence at Barcelona

Speaking to French football, Olhats said: “Antoine has arrived at a struggling club where Messi has a view of everything.

“He is both emperor and monarch, and he did not welcome the arrival of Antoine. His attitude was deplorable, he made him feel that way. I always heard Antoine say that there was no problem with Messi, but never the other way around. It is the regime of terror. Either you are with him or you are against him.

“In my eyes, Messi said he wanted to leave to see what role he still had as a decision-maker, in terms of which players arrived and which left, but he ultimately stayed. Classic Messi!

‘(He’s) as good on the pitch as he is bad off. Barcelona have been suffering for a while. There was cancer in this club, and that obviously leaves traces.

Griezmann endured an indifferent first year at Barcelona following his stint from Atletico. He scored 15 goals in 48 appearances in a campaign that ended in disarray with the shock 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The 2019-2020 campaign saw Ernesto Valverde, the manager who signed him, replaced mid-season by Quique Setien before Setien was sacked after Bayern lost to Ronald Koeman.

There has been even more turbulence at the club this season with the departure of president Josep Bartomeu amid the financial crisis that has engulfed the club.

Olhats accused Messi of overseeing 'a regime of terror' in Barcelona

Olhats accused Messi of overseeing ‘a regime of terror’ in Barcelona

Griezmann has worked under three managers at Barcelona and is in his second season

Griezmann has worked under three managers at Barcelona and is in his second season

“It’s the club that’s sick, not him,” Olhats said. Last year, when Antoine arrived, Messi did not speak to him, did not pass the ball to him.

“He created a real trauma for a more than negative adaptation. It clearly left its mark. It was clear and visible. Add to that the resignation of the president, the club concedes eight against Bayern and three different managers … the conditions are not good.

Olhats left his role as adviser to Griezmann in 2017 to focus on his work as a scout.

Griezmann has scored twice in eight appearances this season under Koeman, including one in the 5-2 win over Real Betis last Saturday.

Barcelona are eighth in La Liga with 11 points from seven matches. Griezmann is currently on an international mission with France, which have upcoming matches against Finland, Portugal and Sweden.

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