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Antoine Griezmann Finally Speaks Out On Relationship With Lionel Messi After Recent Issues

Antoine Griezmann Finally Speaks Out On Relationship With Lionel Messi After Recent Issues

Antoine Griezmann has addressed comments made by his former agent as well as his uncle about Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi.

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Former agent Eric Olhats claim Messi's "reign of terror" is holding the Frenchman back at the Camp Nou, while his uncle made similar statements.

Messi reacted negatively when asked about them last week, venting: "The truth is that I'm a little tired of always being the problem for everything at the club."

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It has forced Griezmann to set the record straight, telling Universo Valdano: "He (Olhats) was very important in my life but I don't have a relationship with him anymore.

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"I stopped having any relationship with him since the day I got married. I invited him to 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 journalist ended up getting the statement out of him. I told Leo that I never speak to them, in fact, I don't even have my uncle's phone number.

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"My parents don't talk to Eric either, so who is going to talk to him? He can do a lot of damage, and create problems in the dressing room."

Griezmann joined the Catalan giants from Atletico Madrid in 2019 and has failed to live up to his €120 million price tag.

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But his relationship with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi is strong - even though he wasn't happy with Griezmann's 'The Decision' documentary in 2018.

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"When I signed for the club I asked for forgiveness for delaying the move and saying I wouldn't join Barcelona," Griezmann continued.

"I told Lionel that I would give everything on the pitch for the club.

"I spoke with Leo when I arrived and he told me that when I turned down the first chance to go, he was screwed because he had asked for it publicly, but he told me he was with me and I notice it every day.

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"'I came to a club that had just won La Liga and I had to win my place based on work.

"In fact, it was difficult for me to play until December. I was always available to the coach, I learned that way and it will always be like that. I will always do what the coach asks of me, even if I know that on a personal level what he is asking me hurts me.

"In a year and a half, I have had three coaches. That's not easy. I need time to adapt to my colleagues and they to me. And on top of that there are formation changes.'

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Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Legends, La Liga

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