The loss of Neymar in a world record-move to French giants PSG and the struggling of Barcelona to make Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta commit their future to the club were among the other off the pitch problems confronting the Spanish giants.
The future of Messi at the Nou Camp became a subject of speculations after the Argentine star stalled on putting pen to papers on a new contract following the club’s unimpressive activities in the transfer
market. And it is no joke to see the Spanish giants sweating to avert the loss of another talisman.
It is no secret Barcelona had a disappointing window, as they failed to sign many of their top targets and the situation was said to have angered Messi who considered leaving the club at the end of this current season when his contract expires, with Manchester City lurking around.
The Catalans failed in their many attempts to sign Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho while Ousmane Dembele signed from Borussia Dortmund for £135 million has not made much impact and he is now sidelined for four months.
Since Messi burst onto the scene under Pep Guardiola, the club has seemingly been built around him and he also has rescued the Blaugrana on numerous occasions and he kicks the soccer ball so nicely. It is no doubt that the five-time World Player of the Year has been the great conductor at Barca, keeping his side in games, scoring goals and setting up goals for his team-mates.
Nothing can be compared with Messi at the Spanish club skipping past defenders like a ghost, speeding past defenders, making goalkeepers look out of sort with ball flying over them through chips and stunning shots.
It is no gainsaying that the spectacular success enjoyed by Guardiola and Lius Enrique at the club has a larger contribution from Messi and now Ernesto Valverde too knows that the Argentine attacker is key to his achievements at the club. Many of the victories recorded and trophies won by Barca would not have been possible without the forward in their ranks.
Messi is reported to have agreed to a new contract that will keep him at the 2021 though it has not been officially confirmed. The departure of Neymar notwithstanding, Barcelona continues dominance depends largely on keeping Messi at the club.
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