Messi breaks silence over ‘media lies’
Lionel Messi has reacted angrily to an accusation that he made a gesture toward coach Gerardo Martino after being substituted against Real Sociedad.
Former Newell’s Old Boys coach Martino has previously gone on record as saying that it is his intention to safeguard Messi’s fitness this season – which means the playmaker may not complete every game.
Before Martino arrived the last time Messi was substituted uninjured came in 2010.
However, he finished last season fending off niggling injuries as the Catalan club’s season began to unravel despite a league championship win.
“I had already spoken to Messi about it. The season is very long with many games and he is intelligent and understands it is necessary,” Martino said back in August.
“In an evenly-balanced match no one would take him off…but it is important to look after him and safeguard his fitness.”
Spanish newspaper AS published a report claiming that Messi was unhappy at being taken off and gestured toward his compatriot as he left the field, which prompted Messi to take to Facebook to angrily deny the allegation.
“I didn’t mean to make any gesture when Martino took me off,” began the Argentine.
“Nobody likes to come off, but we must accept it because it is the best for our team.
What I will not accept is that certain media tell lies about any situation that happens around me”