This season could be Messi’s last act with Barcelona due to their performance.
While bringing in Ronald Koeman was the first step towards restructuring the squad at Camp Nou, a significant amount of work is yet to be done at Barcelona if they hope to contend for the Champions League trophy this season.
For the Argentine who wanted to make an exit over the summer, but was denied, this could be his very last season with the Blaugranas. Unfortunately, with the performance so far, it looks like the club may not win the coveted European title this season either.
The club captain is painfully aware that this could be his last shot at winning the title for the 5th time. Barring any complications from the pandemic, the finale is dubbed to be held in Istanbul on 21st May 2021. This would be towards the end of the season, where Messi will probably be looking to leave Barcelona at almost 34 years of age.
Earlier this year, when Messi wanted to make an exit after a trophyless season but wasn’t allowed to due to his reluctance to take his boyhood club to court, he blamed the management. In a rare candid interview, he was uncharacteristically vocal about his dissatisfaction with club President Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Leo’s disappointment was quite justified after questionable deals like bringing in an aging Miralem Pjanic for young and talented Arthur Melo were made. Clearly, the books were taking precedence over talent which the Argentine captain obviously disliked.
As a final blow to Messi, his fellow teammate and best friend Luis Suarez was leveraged to exit to Atletico Madrid. In addition to Arturo Vidal’s move to Inter and Ivan Rakitic to Sevilla, Messi has lost his footing under the new Coach.
He now has to adjust to playing alongside youngsters like Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Trincao, among others. Hopefully, the new regime under the Dutchman disperses of the over-reliance on Messi for goals, and the young blood helps dominate, although so far the team has a few issues to work upon.
It’s been 5 years since the legendary MSN trio led the Blaugranas to victory. One can only hope that with the return of Phillipe Coutinho and talents like Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets in the mid-field, Barcelona are able to have at least a fighting chance for the trophy.
With Koeman trying multiple positions for Messi, in the restructured squad, the 33-year-old is still unable to net from open play but it’s still early and fans will wait for the maestro to strike.
“We have to be united and assume the best is yet to come,” Messi said.
For someone like Messi, the sport itself takes precedence and he won’t let political matters or his dissatisfaction come in the way. He will always give his best for the club and hopefully this season they won’t let him down in turn.
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