Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is extremely unhappy with life at the Camp Nou at this present moment, thanks to a crisis which threatens to engulf the entire club after a truly horrible start to 2015.
That may seem like an overreaction with one glance at the La Liga table, which sees Barca sitting second and just a point behind leaders Real Madrid. Off the pitch things have reached boiling point though, with coach Luis Enrique under huge pressure and facing a dressing room revolt after alienating a string of top players.
Messi, Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic are all reportedly growing increasingly frustrated with Enrique's methods, while sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was fired on Monday afternoon. Club legend Carles Puyol quit soon after and fears are growing that Messi could follow in the summer, particularly with links growing to Chelsea and a reunion with former team-mate Cesc Fabregas.
Enrique's job under threat
Last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad has tipped the scales against Enrique for the first time since he took charge of Barca last summer.
Enrique decided to rest both Messi and Neymar for Barca's first game back from the winter break, a decision that was made to look a poor one by a shocking first-half display from his side. Luis Suarez continued his struggles in attack and Messi's arrival in the second half couldn't turn the tide, which suddenly places huge importance on this weekend's showdown with defending champions Atletico Madrid.
The Daily Mail believe that Barca fans are unhappy with the way the club is being managed from top to bottom, a feeling that's been lingering since CAS decided to uphold a transfer ban that applies for the entirety of 2015.
Messi's future is under genuine threat as a result, which is a sorry state of affairs if Barca can't keep the world's best player happy. The Argentine talisman decided to skip training on Monday after being rested 24 hours prior, which was a strange decision when you consider how much he detests missing any competitive fixture.
You would expect Enrique to lose out in this tug of war if Messi forces the issue, but if Chelsea or Manchester United are seriously interested in signing Messi they may well have the grounds to make this move happen in 2015.
It would surely take an astronomical transfer fee and a huge change of heart from Messi to get turn this deal from fantasy to reality in the summer, but if Barca continue to press the self destruct button they may well lose perhaps the greatest player ever to play the game.
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