The six-time Argentinian Golden Ball, unhappy with the management of his favorite club, decided to leave the boat. Indeed in a fax sent to the Catalan club's management, La Pulga made it clear that they had decided to look elsewhere.
The latest humiliating loss to FC Bayern Munich was the straw that broke the camel's back. In conflict with the management for a few years following bad recruitments, relations were already strained between the Catalan management and its prodigy.
A chaotic year The love affair that has lasted more than fifteen years seems to be drawing to a close between the Argentine and his club of hearts. In the grip of poor results, especially in the Champions League, FC Barcelona are no more than a shadow of themselves. A year without a title has sanctioned the culés who have lost the fundamentals of their football.
From aging players to ineffective rookies, it felt like the end of the cycle for this generation that shone for ten years. For two consecutive years, the club of Joseph Maria Barthomeu suffered humiliating "Remontadas" in the quarterfinals and semi-finals of the Champions League. The signals were, therefore, red for Lionel Messi and his teammates.
The recent correction in the quarter-finals against FC Bayern, 8-2, has tarnished the image of a legendary club. Quique Sétien, the manager who replaced Ernesto Valverde mid-season, was sacked after the loss. Ronald Koeman was elected to lead the team.
An extraordinary track record With the Blaugranas since adolescence, Lionel Andrés Messi has known only FC Barcelona in his entire career. He left his mark on courage with his many goals and assists. He is author of 630 goals. The genius illuminated the various stages of Europe with his talent. The native of Rosario has accumulated 36 titles including 4 Champions Leagues. A monstrous record for a 33-year-old player still in activity. Individually, he has 6 France Football Golden Balls to his credit and several other accolades that make him one of the best players of his generation.
The news of his departure has generated a lot of interest from other clubs who were on the lookout for the six-time Golden Ball. According to RMC Sport, Manchester City would be in pole position to recruit him. Inter Milan and Manchester United are not far either.
Barthomeu or Messi Rumors of Josep Maria Barthomeu's resignation were quickly denied by the latter. A crisis meeting on Tuesday, August 25, of the board of directors was called to find a way to keep the player. The President has even been asked to resign in order to maintain a slim chance. Unfortunately, no agreement has been found.
Also according to RMC Sport, the club intend to sue the player if necessary. La Pulga reportedly intends to enforce clauses in his contract that will allow him to leave if he wants. Management declares that this clause has expired since last June 10. If there is a possible departure, it will only be with the exercise of the call option which is 700 million euros.
Moreover, this soap opera, which has just begun, will animate this end of the season and the start of the next.