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Barcelona Dressing Room's Angry Reaction To Lionel Messi's PSG Move Revealed

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Barcelona Dressing Room's Angry Reaction To Lionel Messi's PSG Move Revealed

Barcelona's dressing room is now reportedly in "turmoil" following Lionel Messi's exit and subsequent move to Paris Saint-Germain.

After it was announced Messi would be leaving due to La Liga's refusal to accept his new contract, an emotional farewell was held for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

It wasn't just Messi who teared it up. Many of the Argentine's teammates have been hit hard by the quick turnaround according to The Athletic - and there is mass frustration among the squad.

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A source with links to Barca's first team gave damning details on how a number of players are feeling after Messi's departure.

"There are a lot of angry people, and they are angry for different reasons," the source said.

"Maybe some are right, maybe some are wrong. Every situation is different.

"Neto wants to go. [Philippe] Coutinho feels like s***. [Miralem] Pjanic feels defrauded. Jordi Alba is on a crazy long-term contract.

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"Maybe it is the fault of the old management, who were throwing money everywhere, but this situation was always around since they (Laporta and the new board) won the election (in March)."

Barca, who are in a horrendous financial situation and more than £1.1 billion in debt, asked many of their players to take pay cuts.

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The Independent reports that Barcelona's wage percentage needs to be at 70 per cent, but it currently stands at 90 per cent even without Messi signing a new contract.

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Samuel Umtiti, one of the players who Barca want off their wage bill, was loudly booed during his presentation and whenever he touched the ball in the Joan Gamper trophy match against Juventus on Sunday.

As a result, La Sexta reporter Josep Gomez claimed the Frenchman skipped the trophy celebrations and instead headed back to the locker room.

After the game, he took to Instagram and reacted by writing: "Sometimes, it's better to say nothing and let the silence take care of things."

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At the moment, Barca are still not able to formally register new signings Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royale with La Liga because of their need to trim the wage bill.

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Aguero, who ended a 10-year period with Manchester City, is now out for 10 weeks due to a calf problem and an insider believes "he is going to feel very lonely in the locker room" after the departure of close friend Messi.

They also claimed "it does not make sense now for Aguero to be there" now that Messi is gone.

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As well as missing his presence on the pitch and in the dressing room, Barca are expected to lose a whopping €137 million in brand value.

Brand Finance estimate a loss of €17 million on matchdays, €43 million relating to merchandise and €77 million in business revenue.

Topics: Paris Saint-Germain, Football, Barcelona, PSG, Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi

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