KEY POINTS

  • Griezmann joined FC Barcelona ahead of 2019-20 season
  • Barca signed him from Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid
  • Griezmann has blamed Messi for his struggles at Nou Camp

French soccer superstar Antoine Griezmann has reportedly blamed Lionel Messi for his poor start to his FC Barcelona career.

The star striker has struggled to settle down in Camp Nou since his move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona ahead of the ongoing 2019-20 season. However, he slowly fit in well on the left side of Barca’s front line with Messi and Luis Suarez. The popular "MSG" trident even became the highest scoring in Spanish football at the close of 2019.

The Catalans suffered a blow at the Spanish Super Cup semi-final where Suarez got injured and they lost the match, which led to the sacking of their previous manager Ernesto Valverde.

A report from a French media firm went viral that stated how Griezmann feels “isolated” in Barca. The news report further revealed that the Frenchman has told his close friends that a few of his Barca teammates are jealous of him for winning the FIFA World Cup in 2018. He also added that “they will not have me, I will not give up,” indicating that he will not let his colleagues push him down before he added that all he can do going forward is put on a happy face.

Griezmann especially took Messi’s name among the players who are jealous of him before he added that the skipper is making it tough for him to be successful for the current La Liga champions, the reports said.

Since Barca lost to Valencia last month in a La Liga match, the title-holders lost their lead and now are placed second behind arch-rivals Real Madrid, who are three points clear on the top.

Griezmann news is expected to further nervous the Barca fans considering the club have already lost two key players to injuries – Suarez and Ousmane Dembélé.

The 28-year-old France national joined Barca last summer transfer window for a reported fee of $130 million. So far, he has netted 12 goals and provided four assists in 32 appearances for the Catalans so far.