Argentina's attacker Lionel Messi was shocked that the Spanish giants had hired a company to tarnish his image on social media.
I am shocked when an alleged social media scandal unfolds in Barcelona, said Lionel Messi.
The Catalan side hired a PR company to create social media accounts Reports published in Spain this week claimed and that would boost the prestige of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu while at the same time scandalize those of a host of figures linked to Barca, including Messi, Gerard Pique, Xavi, and former manager Pep Guardiola.
Barcelona issued a statement Monday, rejecting those reports. They acknowledged the appointment of i3 Ventures, "has no relationship with the accounts mentioned and, if any relationship was to come to light, the club would immediately end their contractual agreement and bring about any necessary legal action to defend their interests." Barsa insists.
Bertamu claimed that they did not employ the company to disrespect anyone.
Bartomeu spoke to the players after the reports were released and explained the situation, Messi said. Not sure if the Argentina icon's reports are true.
He told Mundo Deportivo that "it really surprised me because I wasn't here and I was just back when I was traveling and I know a little bit about everything.
He said the same thing at a press conference - the President said the same to us publicly. He also says that, what was the situation, what had happened and I can't say much more. He secretly told the captains, as you know everything he said.
"It's odd that something like this happens, but they also said that there would be proof.
"We will have to wait to see if it is true or not. We cannot say much and we will wait to see what happens with all of this. I really thought it was a strange subject."