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Ilkay Gundogan walks out abruptly during a Barcelona photo session

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Ilkay Gundogan, the Barcelona midfielder, made significant headlines in Catalonia following El Clasico. Not for his first goal in the Blaugrana shirt, but for his criticism of his teammates after the match. Now, during the Ballon d’Or ceremony, the veteran has caught the attention again. That is by walking off during a photo opportunity, surprising one of his teammates.

Ilkay Gundogan was in the midst of posing with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona Vice-President Rafa Yuste, President Joan Laporta, and Alejandro Balde when the German international abruptly walked off.

Alejandro Balde appeared surprised and initially made a move to bring Gundogan back but ultimately decided against it.

What did Ilkay Gundogan do?

Gundogan was initially participating in the photo with his colleagues. And it’s possible that he spotted someone he wished to speak with. While it did catch his fellow attendees by surprise, it would be unfair to make more of the situation than necessary.

Later in the gala, Ilkay Gundogan expressed his delight with Barcelona, describing it as living the dream. This statement should help alleviate any concerns about his contentment with the club.

Ilkay Gundogan’s unexpected comments about the Barcelona dressing room following the El Clasico loss had initially surprised many. However, it seems that the club has taken his criticism rather well.

Ilkay Gundogan status as an experienced player allows him to initiate an internal debate within the team following performances like the one in El Clasico. Consequently, both the technical staff and the sports department validate his criticism.

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