Griezmann breaks silence on Messi rift


Antoine Griezmann has broken his silence on his apparent rift with FC Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi.

Since arriving at Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in 2019, Griezmann has found himself at the centre of an apparent turf war with club captain Messi.

The reported tensions between the pair, which are said to have begun a year earlier when the France star initially rejected a move to Barca, looked to have boiled over last week following comments made to the media by his former agent.

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Eric Olhats, who had previously represented the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, recently claimed that Messi was operating a "reign of terror" at Barcelona, to which the Argentina star hit back last week, revealing that he "was tired" of always being blamed for the problems at the club.

Griezmann has now broken his silence on the matter, and denied that there was any rift between himself and the record six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"I said in my presentation with FC Barcelona that I did not want to speak outside the club but on the field, but I think it is time to put things in their place," the 29-year-old said on the Universo Valdano television show, per Marca.

"I have been putting up with things and comments for a long time and now I say enough... I want to show it. And I want people to know that I don't have any kind of problem with anyone and that I only focus on doing what best possible."

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Griezmann also hit out at Olhats and his uncle, who had previously made disparaging remarks against Messi, stressing that neither of them speak on his behalf.

"I stopped having a relationship [with Olhats] from the day I got married. On my wedding day I invited him and he did not come, that's why I stopped having a relationship with him," he added.

"He speaks because as neither my father nor my sister speaks to the press, they call him. But Leo knows that I have a lot of respect and admiration for him.

"[And] my uncle doesn't know how football works. And in the end, the journalist ended up getting the phrase out of him. I told Leo that I never speak to them, in fact, I don't even have my uncle's phone number."

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