Lionel Messi has taken to Instagram to call out TNT Sports for pushing “lies” linking him to a move away from Barcelona. The Argentine superstar posted a screenshot of a tweet posted by the channel’s Latin American division on his Instagram page, with commentary strongly denying the rumors.
Messi on Instagram:— Luis Mazariegos (@luism8989) April 9, 2020
"Messi will go to Inter" "Lie #1"
"Ronaldinho's bail money may have been paid by Messi" "Lie #2"
"What they said on this very outlet about Newell's a few weeks ago is also fake. Thank goodness no one believes you..."
Next to text which read, “Thiago Almada [who plays for Vélez Sarsfield] will go to Inter Milan with LIONEL MESSI,” the Barcelona attacker wrote “Lie #1.”
And he branded as “Lie #2” text which read, “Ronaldinho’s bail was paid from a Barcelona bank account. Did Messi pay for it? Will they play together once again?”
He also included the hashtag #FakeNews on the screenshot to show his displeasure.
At the bottom, he wrote: “What they said on this very outlet about Newell’s a few weeks ago is also fake. Thank goodness no one believes you...”
On February 21st, TNT Sports had published an article which claimed that Newell’s Old Boys, Messi’s childhood club, were excited about the possibility of signing him and were already pursuing Vélez manager Gabriel Heinze (a former international teammate of Messi’s) as the coach who would work with the Barcelona #10.