Lionel Messi did not ask for Luis Enrique to be sacked

Lionel Messi never asked for Luis Enrique to be fired (©GettyImages)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dismissed claims that Lionel Messi had asked for manager Luis Enrique to be relieved of his position following a supposed falling out between the pair.

When Barcelona lost to Real Sociedad in the first match of the new year 2015, it was alleged that Messi was totally fed up with his boss Enrique.

The Argentinean superstar, it was claimed, saw Enrique as a man who wanted and tried to control everything. And he was said to tell the board that they had to choose between him and the manager.

It was added that Messi had sought a private meeting with Bartomeu to express his displeasure, and was informed that Enrique would be sacked. After this Messi scored for fun again, and the good results followed.

But the story appeared to be made up by someone with very good imagination. According to Bartomeu, Messi has never asked for Enrique's head. There was tension in the locker room, yes, but the team were able to sort all the problems out themselves.

"He has never asked me for the coach's head. Me or any other member of the board", Bartomeu told RNE.

"The important thing is that when there were problems, they were all addressed and the solutions were found."

After the loss at Real Sociedad on January 4, and the shock loss at home to Malaga last weekend, Barcelona went through one of the best streak in recent years with 11 consecutive wins in all competitions.

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