ESPN FC, Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:29 PM
accused the media on his Facebook page of spreading “lies” about a perceived disagreement between the Barcelona striker and coach Gerardo
. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner reportedly made a gesture at Martino after being substituted during the Blaugrana’s 4-1 win against Real Sociedad on Tuesday.
Messi took to social media on Wednesday, criticizing the media for the allegations. "I didn't mean to make any gesture when Martino took me off. Nobody likes to be out, but we must accept it because
it is the best for our team," Messi wrote. "What I will not accept is that certain media tell lies about any situation that happens around me."
Martino, meanwhile, defended his decision to
take the player off. "Messi never wants to be subbed off, but it's my task to take care of him," Martino told reporters after the match. "We need him at end of season as well as now."
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