Although, there were signs that this could happen, the world of football is in shock and disbelief as the shocking news that Argentina and Barcelona legend Lionel Messi will leave the club after some 21 years with the Blaugrana.
The Newell Old Boys youth team player who left his homeland to join the Catalans at the tender age of 13, left after his club Barcelona despite them putting a package that would see their captain take a 50% pay cut.
This was a package that was agreed by Lionel Messi, problem solved we all thought, not quite. Memphis Depay a new summer signing and Sergio Aguero who too was a summer signing, both took pay cuts and this still wasn’t enough to be able to keep Messi.
There was a want on both sides, but the LaLiga regulations meant a deal will not be able to be put in place. Strike partner Antoine Greizman, who has had a tough time at the Nou Camp, is the second highest earner at the club, which many feel is so undeserved.
It could be argued it’s a bit harsh, especially since the little Argentine plays in the same position as Greizman. Both men (Messi & Antoine Greizman) and even Neymar when he was at the club wanted to play in that position.
Three into one doesn’t go and it would take a brave man to ask Messi to sit one out. Now though, with Leo gone, I honestly think it’s a blessing in one way. Players like Puig, Fatti, Dembele, Memphis and Greizman can all have a freedom to shine.
At times, Barcelona just think let’s pass it to Messi he will sort out any problems that are on the pitch. Unpopular opinion, but before he was injured it was Ansu Fatti who was the star forward and not Messi.
Barcelona didn’t have too many leaders on the pitch and even fewer when stalwart Gerrard Pique was injured.
Upon closer inspection, Lionel Messi didn’t score against the top six, but more the bottom six clubs when the Barca skipper had a revival in form, but the headlines won’t mention this.
As always in life, when something bad happens, there is always something that comes good out of it. No one might see it now, but they will and look back at this and smile.