After Barcelona recently launched their controversial #WeAreAllMessi social media campaign, rumours were rife that the club’s No. 10 was unhappy with the lack of support from his employers during his tax fraud cause.
Messi was handed a 21-month prison sentence earlier this month, after being found guilty of three tax crimes, but will not spend any time any time behind bars due to a particular law in Spain.
The Argentine, who recently announced his retirement from international football, was also handed a two million euro fine.
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However, Sport claim that suggestions Messi is unhappy with Barcelona are wide of the mark.
“Messi is hurting after the court’s decision,” the report states, “but not with the club.”
Messi on holiday until end of month
The report adds that the club have been in contact with Messi, to lend their support during this difficult moment, as they have done whenever the South American has required the backing of his employers.
Messi is currently on holiday with his family, following his participation in the recent Copa America, and will rejoin the rest of his Barcelona teammates ahead of the 2016-17 campaign at the end of the month.
#WeAreAllMessi campaign criticised
He’ll probably be unaware that the club’s #WeAreAllMessi campaign has caused such a furore.
"If this campaign is aiming to make some kind of complaint about a judicial decision, it is totally mistaken,” Spain's sports minister Miguel Cardenal was recently quoted as saying by ESPN. “We are in an advanced democracy with an independent and competent judiciary.
"Decisions must be respected and accepted. You must not make campaigns of this type if you disagree with the sentence."
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