Lionel Messi is purportedly vexed with Manchester United for treating his indispensable friend Angel Di Maria dismally during his spell at Old Trafford.
Louis van Gaal completed the astonishing transfer back in 2014 by hauling the Argentine over, which took the whole world by surprise, as the versatile midfielder had showcased remarkable performances for Los Blancos during his four-year tenure.
The PSG man was presumed to continue his exceptional form at the Theatre of Dreams, considering the exuberance he portrayed during the move.
However, for a cut-price £40m, the Argentina international was sold to the Ligue 1 giants, following a below-par production with just three goals to his name.
Astoundingly, it seems that the Red Devils conducted themselves to the decorated player awfully, which could’ve been the sound basis for the agile winger dropping down the pecking order at the Mancunian club.
According to Don Balon, Messi, being an on- and off-the-pitch friend of Di Maria, is irritated with the Old Trafford outfit for their objectionable behaviour towards his fellow compatriot.
“He was unhappy at the club,” Debora Gomes told Esporte Interativo.
“Firstly, he couldn’t communicate with anyone. And second, because he realised the club bought him not because the club thought ‘oh, he will bring titles to us because he is a good player’.
“They simply wanted to sell his shirts. This I heard inside the club, the people talking. ‘Di Maria sells T-shirts, so let’s buy him’. So he was not happy.”
Furthermore, the Barcelona forward considers United’s transfer dealings discourteous, and has portrayed his displeasure over the incident to his fellow Catalan teammates.
The Argentine duo was virtually brought close to collaborating with each other for the La Liga side in the summer, but Los Cules decided not to move for the PSG star after completing the signing of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.