So, last week Leo Messi got mad at David Villa for not playing a give-and-go with him. He berated the striker for not seeing him. No big deal, right? Great players expect greatness from teammates, of course. However, the media seized on this in-game spat to project trite, exaggerated, and borderline fabricated stories of animosity, dissent, and intrigue.
Flash forward a week. Against Sevilla, David Villa scored the winner in injury time. And he celebrated along with Leo Messi. So…..how can the media possibly overreact? Easy.
MESSI-VILLA CLOSENESS STOKES JEALOUSY AMONG OTHERS
(Madrid) Marka heard from unconfirmed sources that Leo Messi’s celebration with David Villa has upset the balance of the Catalan locker room. For years, Cristian Tello and Pedro have simmered on the bench and in the stands, unhappy at limited playing time but at least been glad to bask in the limelight of Leo Messi’s friendship. Now that Messi has patched things up with future starter and star striker David Villa, Marka hears that Pedro is absolutely livid. In fact, rumors swirl that Cristian Tello has issued an ultimatum to the club: either he start the rest of the Copa del Rey games and appear off-the-bench in 10 throwaway La Liga matches, or he’ll leave for Getafe.
Will Barca cave?
ANTONELLA ROCCUZZO ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS AT LEO MESSI
(Madrid) A.Z. can confirm that Leo Messi’s pregnant long-time girlfriend, Antonella Roccuzo, caught the Barca-Sevilla game. And she was none too happy. Sources indicate that, immediately post-game, the Argentine model called Messi and, between sobs, asked what Villa could do to make him smile that she couldn’t? She then hyperventilated for five minutes, apologized for being needy and acting kinda cray, and then asked him if he’d checked out the pulga Jr. ultrasound Instragram she had started and repeatedly told him about. Messi remained calm and honestly answered no, but promised to do so in the coming days.
But will he?
TITO VILANOVA TO RISK IT ALL AND DEFEND LEO MESSI
(Barcelona) Spurt reports Barca trainer Tito Vilanova will not sit back and let the press, or anybody else, pick on his star player. Sources reveal that after the disastrous and decisive Villa-Messi “celebration-gate”, Tito held an emergency closed-door meeting with his players and pleaded for unity. He also plans to take an aggressive tone in the team’s next presser: his players will celebrate with whom they want, when they want, and how they want.
No “if”s, “and”s, or “buts” about it.