Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi angered Barcelona fans by ‘liking’ a post by Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez after the Italians put the La Liga club on the brink of exiting the Champions League.
Xavi’s side were held to a 3-3 draw at the Camp Nou, which has left the Catalans on the cusp of dropping into the UEFA Europa League.
Barcelona spent beyond their means last summer and budgeted for reaching the last-16 of the European competition at a minimum in order to ease their financial issues.
But, should Inter Milan win either of their last two group stage games against Viktoria Plzen or Bayern then Barcelona will finish third and therefore drop into the Europa League.
That would be a disastrous outcome for a club that convinced the likes of Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde to join the club last summer.
But, if it wasn’t bad enough already for fans, Barcelona supporters were angered further when Messi ‘liked’ a post celebrating Inter’s draw.
Fans saw their former hero had ‘liked’ a post by his compatriot, Lautaro Martinez, who wrote: ‘Heart , Personality , Humility’ and ‘Forza Inter’ on his page.
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Messi has been linked with a return to Barcelona when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.
The Argentine has postponed talks over any contract in the French capital until after the World Cup and he’s reported to be open to a return to Spain.
Joan Laporta would love to re-sign the Argentine superstar but he would have to significantly reduce the wages that he earns in Paris.