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Manchester’s interest in Umtiti caused our defeat – Messi

Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has reportedly blamed Manchester United’s interest in defender, Samuel Umtiti, for his side’s Champions League exit to Roma.

Barca were eliminated from the competition on Tuesday after falling 3-0 to Roma.

Roma went into the match needing a miracle, but goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas made it a night to remember.

And Spanish website Diario Gol reports that the 30-year-old was livid at Umtiti at half-time for losing concentration due to United’s interest in him.

Umtiti wants Barcelona to significantly increase his pay at the end of the season in order to prevent a move to Manchester United.

Diario Gol say Messi was fuming at the player at the interval and believed his mind was not on the Roma match.

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.