Messi feels 'betrayed' by Barca star

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Lionel Messi reportedly felt "betrayed" by one of his ex-Barcelona teammates leading up to his departure from the Catalan side in July. 

Following the expiry of his contract in June, Messi left the Blaugrana after the club revealed that they were not able to afford a new deal for their record goalscorer, even though the Argentine was open to taking a massive pay cut in order to stay at the Camp Nou.

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However, Spanish newspaper SPORT journalist Lluis Mascaro has now claimed that Barca co-captain Gerard Pique played an unfavourable part in Messi's eventual departure. 

"Messi knows that Pique told [club president Joan] Laporta that if Messi left [the club,] nothing [bad] would happen," Mascaro told Radioestadio Noche. 

Mascaro's colleague Toni Juanmarti added: "I do not know where or when, but surely the [number] '3' [Pique] will want to give his version [of the story]." 

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Messi also recently responded to Laporta's remarks that he had hoped the player would stay in Catalonia and play for free.

"The truth is that, as I explained when I left, I did everything possible to stay," the Argentina captain told SPORT. 

"I was never asked to play for free. I was asked to pay my salary 50%. I did that without any problem. 

"That's how I wanted to help Barcelona. It was my and my family's desire to stay in Barcelona. The president's words were really not okay. They hurt me.

"It felt like Laporta took the ball from me but then didn't know what to do with it. He just didn't have to say those things. Now people may think I've caused doubt. I don't deserve that." 

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