Lionel Messi being prepared to throw Barcelona under the bus shows fake love

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Barcelona are left to bite the dust by their own captain.

Barcelona beat Villarreal 4-1 on Sunday, but it looks like they’re still heading to a trophy-less season for the first-time in 2014. Real Madrid hold a lead over them in La Liga, whereas Athletic Bilbao kicked the club out of the Copa del Rey. In the Champions League, Barca are still alive but realistically speaking, they’re not among the top contenders.

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Lionel Messi has made the headlines of late after it was though that he would leave the club in 2021 at the end of his contract. The Argentina international has been linked with a move to Manchester City to reunite with Pep Guardiola and boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys is also thought to be a potential destination for the little magician.

However, a decision to leave shows Messi’s lack of guile to take up a challenge. A lot has been made of his leadership qualities with Barcelona and the Argentina national side. It’s all coming to light now as the 33-year-old prepares to throw the Blaugrana under the bus thereby running away from his problems instead of facing up to the challenge ahead.

Josep Maria Bartomeu has to walk away next year, but the club needs much more than an injection of new directorial members. Aged players don’t seem to be interested in what’s happening around anymore while the youngsters are too young to ever create an impact in the European Cup and one of the world’s most competitive leagues, La Liga.

One thing is Lionel Messi’s loyalty to the Catalans, which anyway has been questioned thanks to his numerous contract renewals. But the second and more bewildering thing is to leave a club that’s made him what he is when they’re facing issues. Perhaps, Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player for such reasons.

The Portuguese, joined by Marcelo and Sergio Ramos as well as a few other likes, stayed at Real Madrid even when they struggled to get past the first knockout round of the Champions League. On the flipside, the likes of Alessandro del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon committed to Juventus even after being relegated to the Serie B rather than chickening out.

Messi is not setting the right example.

Messi sure is a legend but he is the architect of his own reputational hampering should he leave Barca. As it is, the club is facing financial difficulties in addition to the likelihood of a tension-packed transfer window but the 33-year-old Messi has selfishly been bagging headlines, earnestly asking for one signing after the other, all of who are lucratively priced.

Next up, Quique Setien’s charges host Espanyol and once again all eyes would be on the captain to deliver. Lionel Messi hopefully pulls his socks up and learns how to become a better leader instead of trying to belittle his own club and try acting as a figure greater than it. Moreover, the sooner Messi leaves, the better considering life after him is going to take time to cope with.

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