'Javier Tebas Has a Sick Obsession With Barcelona,' Claims Club President Joan Laporta

Arjun Singh Devgan
Joan Laporta is the current president of Barcelona
Joan Laporta is the current president of Barcelona / David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has hit out at LaLiga chief, Javier Tebas, revealing that the Spaniard has a sick obsession with the Nou Camp outfit, while blaming him for Lionel Messi's exit in the summer.

Barcelona created headlines when it emerged that they would not be able to offer Messi a new contract, which led the player moving to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. Tebas had blamed Barcelona's rejection of the €2.7billion investment deal with CVC Capital Partners for not keeping hold of the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner.

"I believe his comments are improper of the league president. Instead of looking for harmony and understanding, he always looks for conflict and confrontation. He has a sick obsession to see how he can harm Barca and its values, but we Catalans already know him," Laporta hit out at Tebas on Barca TV.

"He says that Messi has not stayed at Barça, but he has been the lead actor regarding not staying because of his excess of zeal. The rest of the leagues have been more flexible [with respect to fair play] and have been able to keep their most relevant players."

Barcelona's financial troubles has seen them not only losing Messi in the summer, but also sending out Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan.