During his 15-year career at FC Barelona senior football team, Lionel Messi has won 9 domestic championship titles and lost six to arh rivals Real Madrid. Winning and losing is part of the game between the two in Spain. But nobody seemed more confused than the Argentinian maestro on Thursday night.
The blaugrana squad suffered a heart-breaking loss at a home tie to mid-table club Osasuna (1-2). Even if they won, their last La Liga fixture could have been useless, as Real Madrid by their win over Valladolid would have a 4-point lead, which was impossible to cover with one match. But the way of the defeat, against an opponent playing the last 15 minutes with ten men, showed more than an impermanent problem.
In one of his rare TV appearances after a match, especially after a home defeat (which was FC Barcelona’s first in the season, at the last home match of the season) Messi said thing that have to be heard: “We are a weak team who can be beaten with enough intensity and enthusiasm. We have lost a lot of points which we shouldn’t have done. We have been very inconsistent. We need to be self-critical, starting with the players, but also across the entire club. We are Barcelona, and we are obliged to win every game.”
Leo Messi has been blamed during almost all his career of being too soft when it comes to statements. He rarely said something which has been discussed or foretell some things to come in the near future. This statement is accepted exactly like this: Messi is talking, the board has to listen and act, unless they’re making their plans without him.
According to the Spanish press, the Catalan club are offering Messi a contract for life, trying to keep him in the blaugrana shirt for his entire career. But the Argentinian star two weeks ago has called off negotiations over renewing his contract until 2023, when he will be 36 years old and thinking about ending his bright career. What’s this suppose to mean, if linked with this pessimistic statement, if not that Messi is thinking (or is pushed) to continue playing football at another club?
His contract ends next summer. If there’s no renewal till December, Messi will be free to negotiate with other clubs. There are more than three teams willing to see him wear their jersey. Will he decide it, or he said these bitter words only to push the board bring better teammates to the club?
However, most say that if Messi would like something to change, he would have asked this personally with president and board in secret talks and not speak to the TV.Follow us on