Ivan Rakitic insists Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann ‘get along very well’ amid rumours of rift between Barcelona pair after French striker’s old agent savaged Argentine star’s ‘reign of terror’ in the dressing room
- Rumours of a rift between Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann continue
- French striker’s former agent blasted Barcelona star Messi as an ’emperor’
- Their former team-mate Ivan Rakitic insists the pair do get along well
- Croatian midfielder, now at Sevilla, said they drinks mate tea together
Ivan Rakitic has poured cold water on suggestions his former Barcelona team-mates Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann don’t like each other.
Rumours of a rift between the pair have persisted ever since Griezmann moved to the Nou Camp from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019.
The French striker admitted early on in his time with the club that he barely spoke to Messi amid reports at the time the Argentine star wanted Neymar brought back to the club.
Rumours that Barcelona pair Antoine Griezmann (left) and Lionel Messi (right) don’t get along have persisted ever since the French striker arrived at the club last summer
Other have maintained that Messi and Griezmann have a good relationship at Barcelona
And Griezmann’s former agent poured fuel on the fire just this week by calling Messi ‘an emperor’ who ‘didn’t take kindly to the signing of Antoine.’
However, Croatian midfielder Rakitic, who joined Sevilla in the summer after six years with Barcelona, insists their relationship is good.
‘From what I could see they got along very well,’ he told radio programme El Pelotazo on Canal Sur.
‘I got along wonderfully with Antoine and Leo. The two drink mate [tea] together and spend a lot of time together in the dressing room.
Ivan Rakitic, who left Barcelona for Sevilla over the summer, insists the pair get along well
Rakitic (left) spoke of his warm relationship with both Messi (pictured) and Griezmann
‘It’s a bit like everything. If you win every game 5-0, we can all laugh. If not, many things are sought.
‘If both of them start to score goals, there will be no more talk – that’s the requirement and expectation of a great team like Barcelona.
‘But they are two spectacular boys. I have met Antoine, he is a spectacular boy and there should be no problem.’
It came after Griezmann’s former agent Eric Olhats claimed Messi ran the Barcelona dressing room with a ‘reign of terror.’
He said: ‘Antoine arrived at a club where Messi has the final word on everything.
Messi and Griezmann warm up ahead of Barcelona’s match against Getafe last month
The pair certainly seemed to be getting along fine in Barca’s last match, against Real Betis
‘He is as much an emperor as a monarch and he didn’t take kindly to the signing of Antoine.
‘His attitude has been deplorable and he made him feel unwelcome.
‘I’ve always disliked hearing Griezmann say that there are no issues with Messi but never the other way round.
‘It’s a reign of terror. You’re either with him or against him.
‘Last season, when Griezmann arrived, Messi didn’t speak to him and didn’t pass him the ball. I think he suffered because of a negative adaptation.’
Griezmann, 29, has started the season with two goals in nine games, while Messi, 33, has scored six times and contributed four assists.
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