Lionel Messi is clearly not happy being at Barcelona.
Barcelona beat Alaves by a 5-0 margin on Sunday in what was a more than comfortable win for them. Lionel Messi with two goals and an assist to his name was the protagonist. The Argentina international’s sublime performance meant that he won the Pichichi Trophy and also broke Xavi’s record for the most assists in a La Liga season.
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However, the result didn’t mean a lot to Barcelona who had already lost the league to bitter rivals Real Madrid. None of the players celebrated too much or looked very happy despite a thumping win and one of the major reasons for that was their lacklustre and substandard campaign towards which even Messi, who doesn’t speak often in the public, displayed resentment.
Lionel Messi has realistically thought about leaving the Camp Nou at the end of his contract with hopes of finishing his career on a high, Diario GOL reports. The captain is unhappy with the Blaugrana and one can see it very clearly given how he has reacted of late. Messi’s reaction to his free-kick against Osasuna spoke it all.
Josep Maria Bartomeu is ready to offer the 33-year-old a lucrative contract but that’s not all that Messi wants, which is something nobody at the club is understanding. What the Argentine frontman seeks is a winning project which would see him cement his place as one of the world’s greatest ever players in the dusk of his career.
Messi’s final years are not spent memorably.
So far, at least in the last two seasons, Barca have not done anything to support that. In 2018/19, a poor mentality and failed signings cost them the Copa del Rey and Champions League despite being within touching distance and a year later, despite a change in the dugout, the Catalans are heading for much worse- a trophy-less campaign.
Messi seems to have identified it and it’s a pity that the board hasn’t, but the players are a major problem. Half of them don’t seem too ambitious and are happy swallowing massive salaries, while the other half is aged and requires support which isn’t being offered. The club’s problems eventually pass on to the board, which has no football knowledge.
Next year, Joan Laporta will most likely return to the Camp Nou but unfortunately, even the club’s most successful president will require some time to take it back to the top. Bartomeu, despite winning a treble in one of seasons is by far the worst thing that’s happened to Barca in this century and it’s becoming evident with each passing day.
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