Messi slams the Barça official who ‘knows nothing about football’
BARCELONA superstar Lionel Messi has hit out at the club’s vice-president Javier Faus over comments he made questioning the need to improve the World Player of the Year’s contract.
In unusually strong language for the mild-mannered 26-year-old, Messi said Faus knew “nothing about football” and denied demanding improved terms to the deal he signed in February that ties him to the Spanish champions until June 2018.
Faus, who oversees economic affairs at Barça, said earlier he did not understand why the Argentine striker would need a better contract, given that he had only recently signed a new one.
“Mr Faus is a person who knows nothing about football and he wants to run Barcelona as if it were a company and it is not,” Messi said from Buenos Aires, where he is recovering from a hamstring injury. “Barcelona is one of the biggest clubs in the world and deserves to be represented by the best managers as well,” he added.
“And, apart from that, I remind you that neither I nor anyone in my circle has ever asked for either an increase ( in salary) or a contract renewal. And he (Faus) knows that very well.”
Messi’s wages are the highest of any soccer player, at up to $21.2 million a year. – Reuters