3 player careers that were ruined by Lionel Messi’s dominance at Barcelona

Lionel Messi, Barcelona (Photo by Silvestre Szpylma/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Three careers that were destroyed because of Lionel Messi’s presence

Lionel Messi is by far the greatest ever footballer that Barcelona and the world have seen so far. The player was enrolled in Barca’s famous La Masia at the age of 13 and since then Messi has gone on to win every trophy with the club umpteen number of times while also collecting numerous individual trophies.

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However, Messi’s rise at the Camp Nou has seen the downfall of several other players as well in the due process. The club was aware of the talent that they had in their hands and for Messi to grow as a complete footballer, managers were required to offer the player more freedom in the pitch which ultimately meant that others had to sacrifice their role.

The Argentine forward has been with the senior squad since the 2003-04 season and since then the player has been part of several different squads including Pep Guardiola’s and Luis Enrique’s treble-winning squads.

With each different squad, the managers had to make a few tweaks and adjustments in their tactics to provide Messi the ultimate freedom of operating at his very best.

Nonetheless, getting in the way of several world-class players was harsh of Messi and it seems like there will be no end to his hegemony at the Camp Nou. The Argentina international at this point in time seems like a figure that has been made to look bigger than the club and he needs to shown that there’s no place for individual.

Nonetheless, here are three players whose careers were ruined by the player’s constant demands and central authority.