By Mike Parrott
Lionel Messi was supposedly at odds with the Barcelona board even before their humiliating loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final according to Jerome Boateng.
The Lionel Messi saga has actually been going on longer than we expected.
Even though the majority of the public believe that Messi made his decision to leave Barcelona after being a part of Barcelona's 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, he was already 'at war' with the Barcelona board before it.
What a season it has been - honestly even for me 1 year ago it would be hard to imagine. In the end to me it is the proof that everything is possible when you fight for it and you don't stop believing in it. pic.twitter.com/YVoVMIJYvr- Jérôme Boateng (@JeromeBoateng) August 25, 2020
According to Jerome Boateng of Bayern, he could tell that Messi was already at odds with the board.
"You noticed in advance that there was drama between Messi and Barcelona," Boateng told Bild.
Bayern humiliated the Spanish side in the quarter-final finishing the game 8-2 with Messi not having any presence on the pitch with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Alphonso Davies outclassing the Argentine.
The German defender also responded about the recent speculation of Messi teaming up with Manchester City and their old manager Pep Guardiola.
Boateng added: "Pep and Messi have celebrated great successes together, which is why both sides know that their philosophies would fit together."
:speaking_head: - Jerome Boateng: "Messi is still the best player in the world for me, despite the defeat. You cannot defeat him by yourself, so we stopped him as a team. It would be wrong to undermine Messi and Barcelona just because everything went our way." pic.twitter.com/Ien1qDlSJE- Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) August 29, 2020
Boateng played under Guardiola when he was manager at Bayern Munich.
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