Pique: The new stadium for Barcelona should be named after Messi
The Spanish international, Gerard Pique, broke his silence about the developments that took place in Barcelona in recent months, expressing his disappointment with the way the club dealt with the Argentine star Lionel Messi's desire to leave, considering that the new stadium "must be named" the best player in the world six times. " .
Pique said in an interview with the newspaper "La Vanguardia" published Friday on the eve of the El Clásico match against rivals Real Madrid at Camp Nou in the league competitions that "a player like him has done a lot in 16 years ... You have to come to an agreement with him." That the distance is so far between the two parties. "
The international defender (33 years old) continued, "Leo did a lot to gain the right to make his decisions, and if he saw that he should leave ... I would have acted in a different way if I were president of the club," referring to the administration and President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who were criticized in Argentine case.
In recent months there has been tension in the corridors of the Catalan club after Messi notified the management via the "Porofax" on last August 25 of his desire to leave, but the club forced him to stay due to the existence of the penalty clause in his contract amounting to 700 million euros and the possibility of referring the matter to the court, which forced Messi to stay, not wanting to go to court with the Childhood Club.
And Pique added, "I wonder: How is it possible for the best player in history, which we were fortunate to enjoy, to wake up one day and send Porofax because he feels we are not listening to him? All this is so shocking."
And the player, who renewed his contract with the club until 2024 on Tuesday, continued: "What is happening? Messi deserves everything. The new stadium must bear his name, followed by the sponsor," referring to the "Espai Barca" project that would renew the "Camp Nou" .
"We must protect our icons, not distort their reputation," he said. "This matter really pisses me off."
Pique assured that the club's legends deserve better treatment: “It surprises me that people like Pep (Guardiola), Puy (Carles Puyol), Xavi or (Victor) Valdes are not at the club. Something is not going well. You have to keep these people always, they are. Part of the club's history and made it big. "
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