IShowSpeed has garnered millions of fans worldwide with his idolizing of soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo. His unique content has caught the attention of many, to say the least. He seems to be a big fan of the Portuguese striker and even goes against Lionel Messi and his fans when Ronaldo’s greatness comes into question.
Speed has often said that Ronaldo is the undisputed GOAT of soccer, and Messi’s 2022 World Cup win did not do him any favors. He showed up at the final with a Portugal jersey but backstabbed his favorite player after Messi lifted the golden trophy in Qatar.
He hasn’t backed down from an opportunity to question Messi’s legacy and its credibility of it in the past. And this time around, it looks like he has done the same thing.
Barcelona have been charged with corruption by Spanish prosecutors over payments made to the former vice-president of Spain’s referees’ committee.
Former Barcelona presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell are also facing corruption charges. pic.twitter.com/zFUu33ESBh
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 10, 2023
For those who don’t know, a report from a Spanish outlet Cadena SER claimed that former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu paid then-referees committee vice president Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira $1.48 million from 2016 to 2018. The payments reportedly went to the companies Negreira owned.
The interesting point to note about this saga is that Cadena SER has claimed to have uncovered many other payments to Negreira from Barcelona. This has led soccer fans to question the integrity of the decisions that had gone Barcelona’s way.
It looks like IShowSpeed has turned out to be one of them, but he has questioned the awards Messi has won during these times as well. Messi left Camp Nou in 2021 after a longstanding contract saga. He couldn’t sign a new contract due to Barca’s financial incapabilities at the time.
What does Barcelona’s referee scandal mean for Lionel Messi’s awards & trophies?
IShowSpeed, in his viral video, was reading the news from a fan account. The Twitter user had posted the news of the Spanish club being charged with corruption. Although there is some truth in that, what followed is not correct information.
🚨Barcelona has officially been charged with corruption. This means Lionel messi now has 0 fair ucl won in his career. And 2 fair ballon dors 2019 and 2021. pic.twitter.com/hMCrhFVsBB
— ssop96 (@SnakeMake2) March 10, 2023
During his stream, Speed said, “What did I tell y’all? Did I not say this? Messi has no Champions Leagues trophies, he only has 2 fair [Ballons d’Or]. Ronaldo has more [Ballons d’Or] than Messi and more Champions Leagues finals than Messi.” Speed then proceeded to claim that the Twitter user was ‘one of the most trusted guy in the community.’
Spanish prosecutors have alleged that Barcelona paid these lucrative amounts intending to influence refereeing decisions. However, Joan Laporta has pleaded innocence and said that these payments were for “technical reports on refereeing,” as per ESPN.
Whatever the case, investigation on Negreira, Bartomeu and Barcelona is still ongoing. The Spanish Football Federation and La Liga will work together with UEFA in the legal proceedings and fans would have to wait at least a few months for a conclusion on the matter. As of now, no information on Barcelona’s UCL wins and Lionel Messi’s awards have been revealed.
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