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Former Barcelona President Claims Lionel Messi Dislikes How The Club Is Going

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There's been a lot of controversies surrounding Lionel Messi lately, as the injured superstar has refused to sign a contract extension with FC Barcelona.

Moreover, the press revealed that he actually has an exit clause in his contract that allows him to leave the club at the end of every season, which did little to put the rumors of his potential departure at ease.

Messi even had to go on record talking about his future at Barcelona, but his words don't make it sound like he's entirely sold on the club's current philosophy:

"What I can say is that I want to be at Barcelona as long as possible. I’ve said throughout my career that this is my home. But I also don’t want to have a long-term contract and only be here because of it. I want to be here because physically I’m fine, to play and be an important member of the squad. I need to see there’s a winning team because I want to keep winning things at this club. For me, money or a clause don’t mean anything. Other things motivate me and the most important thing is having a winning team," Messi told Spanish outlet Sport.

Hence, former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart claimed he's actually letting the club know that he's not happy with the way they're handling things right now:

“What Messi has is part of the philosophy of Barca. I know him well and I don't think his words were a challenge to the club because it's not his style. After every statement came a 'but' and while the club might understand them as irrelevant, I think they are warnings that he doesn't like how the club is going," Gaspart told Cadena Ser.

Still, it's pretty unlikely to think Messi will leave Barcelona, at least for the time being, but it's nice to see he's finally stepping up and pushing them as their true captain, both on and off the pitch-