Christophe Dugarry has called Barcelona a clown club in an interview with Paris-based radio RMC.
Marca reported the comment of the former French international. ‘It’s a club of clowns,’ he said. ‘They do everything back to front. I have the impression they don’t have a project.’
Dugarry, who played for Barcelona during the 1997-98 season, added: ‘Barcelona have many problems and the worst one is that the image is bad. In a club of that standing they really should have people who have elegance and class. It really is a club with no class.’
Dugarry’s Barcelona career never got off the ground after joining the club from AC Milan in 1997. The striker managed just one season at Nou Camp, where he made 13 appearances for the club in all competitions.
He failed to score a single goal in Catalan colours and moved to Marseille at the end of the season.
The comments on his former club come after a row between Barcelona star Lionel Messi and sporting director Eric Abidal.
The saga began when Abidal made the claim that ‘many players were not satisfied’ and ‘did not work hard’ with former manager Ernesto Valverde.
In an interview with Sport, Abidal explained: ‘A lot of players were not satisfied and did not work hard [with previous coach]. And there was also an internal communication issue. The coach-dressing room relationship has always been good, but there are things that I can sense as a former player. I told the club what I thought and a decision had to be made.’
Clearly unhappy with the Frenchman’s comments, Messi took to Instagram to air his response that read: ‘I honestly don’t like doing these things but I think everyone has to be responsible for their tasks and take care of their decisions.
‘The players [have to be responsible for]what happens on the pitch and we are the first to recognize it when we did not do things well.
‘Those responsible off the pitch must also assume their responsibilities and above all take responsibility for their decisions (…) I think when he [Abidal] talks about players, he has to give names because if not he is tarnishing everyone and fueling speculation that is not true.’
Whilst several players at the club have now had their say on the matter either in interviews or online, things haven’t got any better on the pitch.
They crashed out of the Copa del Rey in the quarter-final stages to Athletic Bilbao to only turn up the pressure and awkwardness around the camp.
Messi’s future at the club has now come into question after this public spat with Manchester City reportedly interested in swooping in for the Argentine.