Barcelona have been slammed by former player Christophe Dugarry, who has branded them as ‘a club of clowns’.
The scathing attack comes after a week that has seen Lionel Messi clash with the director of football Eric Abidal off the pitch while being knocked out of the Copa del Rey on it.
Plenty have criticised Barca and their public falling out, but none have been as brutal as Dugarry, who played at Camp Nou during the 1997-98 season.
“It’s a club of clowns,” he told Paris-based radio RMC, per the Daily Mail.
“They do everything back to front. I have the impression they don’t have a project. Barcelona have many problems and the worst one is that the image is bad.
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“In a club of that standing, they really should have people who have elegance and class. It really is a club with no class.”
Wow, tell us how you really feel Christophe. Maybe he’s still bitter about failing to establish himself at Barca during the 90s.
The French striker made just 13 appearances after arriving from AC Milan in 1997 and failed to score a single goal before joining Marseille 12 months later.
Many Barca fans have probably never heard of Dugarry, but he may have a point.
Messi’s public falling out with Abidal showed a lack of class – it was easily something that could have been settled privately.
The director of football suggested that a lot of players ‘didn’t work hard’ under sacked boss Ernesto Valverde and the club captain took offence to that, responding on social media.
Throw in the fact Barcelona were knocked out of the cup by Athletic Bilbao and it’s been a pretty embarrassing week.
Expect plenty more people to call out the club if things don’t improve quickly.