Former Barcelona and current Zenit St Petersburg winger, Malcom has opened up on reports that club talisman, Lionel Messi wields all the power in the dressing room, revealing that, the 32-year-old is not as influential as people think and the media makes it to be.
Along with Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez, Messi is considered to be part of one of the world’s most recognisable and vocal dressing rooms – with many believing that most of the decisions in the dressing room is taken by the Argentinian.
Malcom, who spent only one season at the Camp Nou before being sold to Zenit St Petersburg, insists the squad does not hold as much sway as some believe.
Le pouvoir du JOUEUR à Barcelone n’est pas aussi important que beaucoup de gens le pensent, l’ancien ailier Malcom a déclaré après que Lionel Messi dirigeait efficacement le club. pic.twitter.com/BPuIV7nxuO
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“The dressing room doesn’t have that much power. Leo doesn’t act as president. He speaks only as the captain of the squad,” he said to Cadena SER as quoted by Sun.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, Messi’s future at Barcelona has come under question in recent times after it emerged that the players was not happy with certain aspects of the current management.
Malcom believes that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will play on till he is 40-years-old and will continue to excel on the pitch till the time he decides to hang up his boots.