For a while now, there have been reports about Lionel Messi being unhappy with Barcelona about signing Atletico Madrid’s former player Antoine Griezmann. The Argentine star was out for a month-long vacation after his stint with Copa America 2019 and by then the team had already signed Griezmann. Lionel Messi wanted Barcelona to sign Neymar Jr instead of Antoine Greizmann. This had annoyed the five-time Ballon do'Or winner and he was even seen snubbing Griezmann who approached him for a handshake. Now reports have further emerged that he wants to get rid of the former Atletico Madrid’s star and wants to replace him with Lorenzo Insigne. Lionel Messi Annoyed With Barcelona For Signing Antoine Griezmann Over Neymar: Reports.

Now, it is believed that Barcelona management had lied to him about his importance at the club. The board had promised that he would stay comfortable at the club and they would leave no stone unturned to make him happy at the club. However, the management of Barcelona is yet to make their final decision about the move.

Talking about Messi, he has been out of action for a while now and is yet to make an appearance in La Liga 2019-20 due to a calf injury. However, despite the injury, he has been on the sidelines and has been catching up with the progress of the team. The Argentine is taking a little longer to recuperate from the injury and is expected to join the team after the international breaks. Messi along with Luiz Saurez has been absent even from the practice session of the team.

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