Following Barcelona’s excellent win over Tottenham on Wednesday, the talk was all about Lionel Messi and what a good display the Argentine had put on at Wembley.
But there was a more negative side story. Arturo Vidal posted an angry face on social media, with it being taken as a sign of the player’s frustration at not being used enough.
The midfielder has just 164 La Liga minutes this season, added to 8 in the Champions League gained over two matches. Coming on for the final three minutes against Spurs may have been a humiliation for a player who has always carried huge pride in himself and his achievements.
Catalan newspaper Sport reports Vidal has made a ‘grave error’ with the post, and it goes against what an experienced player should be doing. After a rocky start to the season, Ernesto Valverde has tailored the team to suit Messi more, and that’s hit both Vidal and Ousmane Dembele.
Whilst the younger of two hasn’t been concerned publicly, Vidal is the one posting social media messages.
Sport question whether it’s a signal that the Chilean sees himself as being above the team.
And if that’s the case, Vidal’s stay at Barcelona won’t last very long.