Leo Messi will not be very happy about the news unveiled by El Periodico, in which conversations between the former Barcelona board, headed by Josep Maria Bartomeu, are leaked. In them, the board attack and insult the heavyweights of the locker room, including Leo Messi and also Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets.
They are conversations in WhatsApp groups, to which the outlet has had access, and in which Roman Gomez Ponti intervened, at that time head of the legal services of Barcelona, the most critical of all. Also involved in some of these conversations were Josep Maria Bartomeu, former president of the azulgrana club, Oscar Grau, who was CEO of the club, executives such as Jordi Moix, Oriol Tomaa and David Bellver, financial director Pancho Schroder and Javier Sobrino, director of strategy and innovation.
About Messi, a WhatsApp conversation between Roman Gomez Ponti, then head of Barcelona‘s legal services, with Bartomeu was revealed: “Barto, really, you can’t be such a good person with this sewer rat,” he wrote. “The club has given him everything and he has dedicated himself to establish a dictatorship of signings, transfers, renewals, sponsors just for him.”
Gomez Ponti named names about how, according to him, Messi harmed the club: “I will never be able to do it but to the figures of his contract we should add Pinto, the renewal of Luis Suarez, and that of Jordi Alba, or the renewal commission of Ansu Fati“.
In addition, the former board member goes even further in his words to Messi: “And above all, the accumulation of blackmail and disrespect that the club and those of us who work hee have suffered from this hormonal midget who owes Barcelona his life… ah! But when things go wrong (pandemic) you receive the famous WhatsApp: ‘presi, lower the salary of the others, but don’t touch me and Luis‘. I hope he leaves amidst the indifference of the people, which is the worst thing that can happen to him.”
Attacks on Pique and Busquets
Gomez Ponti also took aim at other club legends such as Pique and Busquets, pulling no punches.