Barcelona and France forward Antonie Griezmann has revealed his initial decision to reject a transfer to Barcelona in 2018 angered superstar footballer Lionel Messi.
Despite recent controversies describing a negative relationship between Messi and Griezmann, Messi has spoken positively about Griezmann’s arrival at the club in 2018, and the Frenchman admitted the couple had a long conversation when they finally joined the club. .
“When I signed for the club I asked for forgiveness for delaying the move and saying I would not join Barcelona,” Griezmann told Jorge Valdano at the last edition of Universo Valdano. “I told Lionel Messi that I would give everything on the pitch for the club.
“I spoke with Leo when I got there and he told me that when I turned down the first chance to go he was screwed because he was being asked publicly, but he told me that he was with me and I see him every day.
Former Griezmann agent Eric Olhats and uncle Emmanuel Lopes have caused controversy by claiming that Griezmann has a negative relationship with Messi, but the forward said he has no relationship with the two men.
“He (Olhats) was very important in my life but I no longer have a relationship with him,” Griezmann said.
“I ceased to have any relationship with him since my wedding day. I invited him on the wedding day and he didn’t come. That’s why I stopped having a relationship with him.
“My uncle doesn’t know how football works. And in the end, the reporter ended up getting the statement from him. I told Leo I never spoke to them, in fact, I don’t even have my uncle’s phone number.
“My parents aren’t talking to Eric either, so who’s going to talk to him?” He can do a lot of damage and create problems in the locker room.
Barcelona are struggling in La Liga, where they sit 13th in the table – 12 points behind leaders Real Sociedad, albeit with two games in hand.