A family friend known to have close ties to Lionel Messi has caused quite the stir online on Friday, after unveiling a scathing message to Gerard Pique.

The situation stems from comments made by Pique regarding his former teammate this week, in which the Spanish veteran provided an insight into his emotional reaction to Messi's departure for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

“I cried when Messi left Barcelona,” Pique explained to Gary Neville on The Overlap. “I cried for him. For the career he had at Barca, it would have been great if he had stayed until the end of his career at the club.

“For Barcelona and the fans Messi was like a God, it would have been great if he stayed.”

“Lionel Messi is the best player in the history of the game,” the Barca stopper concluded.

One individual evidently of the opinion that Pique's comments proved altogether insincere, though, comes in the form of Alfonso Aguilera Rosique.

Aguilera, understood to be a close family friend of Messi's, provided something of an alternative take on the alleged behaviour of the 7-time Ballon d'Or winner's ex-teammate both prior to and following his Camp Nou departure.

Taking to the stories section of his Instagram account, Aguilera accused Pique of lying, labelling the 35-year-old both 'fake and arrogant', and even going as far as to suggest that he was a central factor in pushing Messi out of Barcelona:

"Piqué you're so fake and arrogant. Not only did you not cry (when Messi left). You told the mediocre Laporta that if he wanted to build a winning team, he needed to sell Messi. That same Messi that saved you from Zaragoza when nobody wanted you because you held grudges, were jealous and a bad teammate.''

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