What I feel for this club goes beyond any signature. ” Surely that declaration of eternal love for Barça expressed by Messi on December 2 just after receiving his sixth Ballon d’Or is the only reason for the fan to have peace of mind at this stage of the explicit disagreement between the captain and the directive presided over by Josep Maria Bartomeu. The contract that Messi signed until June 2021 includes a clause by which the Argentine could leave the Barça club for free this summer. It is difficult to think of a Barça without Messi next season, it would be a Dantesque scenario that could take everything ahead. But the differences cannot be hidden. Usually inactive on social networks, at least to send weighty messages, Messi has already intervened twice this season to mark distances. On February 4, and after an interview that the technical secretary, Eric Abidal, granted to Sport, to point out that “many players were neither satisfied nor worked much” with Valverde, Messi shook him on Instagram: “Honestly, I don’t like doing these things, but I think everyone has to be responsible for their tasks and take charge of their decisions. The players of what happens on the court (…). Those responsible for the area of sports management must also assume their responsibilities and above all, take charge of the decisions they make (…). When it comes to players, names should be given because, if not, we are all getting dirty and feeding things that are said and are not true ”. Just two weeks later, another mess shook the locker room normal. Messi appeared as one of the victims of the I3 Ventures scandal, according to which players from the first squad, including the Argentine crack, were attacked from accounts created with the supposed approval of the club. Messi and the captains listened to Bartomeu’s explanations in the locker room, but he should not have seen it very clearly. “It’s a little weird”, He slipped in an interview with Mundo Deportivo. The controversial management of ERTE has been the third encounter in just two months. To clash with Messi now, in addition, is not to do it with the team’s crack, the six-time Ballon d’Or, and the player with the most titles in the history of the club. It is to do it with the captain. And not a straw captain.