Sport There are no more excuses for Messi
Messi could adapt to any league but staying at Barca is 'romantic' - Mendieta
Gaizka Mendieta says there is no doubt Lionel Messi could flourish away from Barcelona, yet he does not want him to leave.There was a time when the idea of Messi, Barca's all-time leading goalscorer, departing Camp Nou would have been unthinkable.
Lionel Messi wins the power struggle with President Josep Maria Bartomeu at FC Barcelona. Messi is also putting pressure on his departure. SPORT1 comment.
In the end everything is as always - and yet completely different from what one might expect in the meantime.
Lionel Messi is still with FC Barcelona, . Just like his entire management team.
Under Bartomeu's leadership, the Catalans have often not given a good picture in recent years: There was the obvious strike call for the later Barca transfers Ousmane Dembélé at Borussia Dortmund and Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool FC.
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Plus, which got into the headlines as "Barcagate", because a company commissioned by the club had defamed current and former players in social networks. Or the recent dispute over a wage waiver, which the team and the club management presented completely differently in public.
outsiders have been wondering for some time which crisis at Barca is currently the bigger one: the one on the lawn or the one in the management floor?Messi and Koeman are in demand
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One of the two sources of fire has been extinguished for the time being with Bartomeu's departure. The other one, however, is still burning, not least after the sobering Clásico defeat against Real Madrid
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The Nou Camp giants are in a cash crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic, with under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu doing all he can to balance the books in his final few months in the role. His goal in the coming weeks, as reported by Marca, is to lower the wages of the first-team squad by 25 per cent while promising them an improved salary in the latter stages of their deals - something of a 'poisoned inheritance' for the next president.
In addition to the new coach Ronald Koeman, Messi is the main person in charge of the fire fighting work on the pitch. He is the captain and leader of a team that is currently far from the glamor of past great Barca teams. But Messi is more than that. The power struggle with Bartomeu has shown once again that behind the scenes the 33-year-old is the unreserved king of Barcelona. Messi's word will certainly also play an important role in the successor to Bartomeu - and then there is actually no longer any reason why the Argentine should not extend his contract again.
Will Messi prove his skills again?It would be a poor move if Messi were to leave the field next summer and join another top European club - and it would be tantamount to admitting sporting failure. Unless, of course, he brings Barca back to Europe's throne this season. The six-time world footballer has to prove that he is not only the king of Barcelona behind the scenes, but also still on the pitch at Camp Nou. there are no more excuses for Messi.
Lionel Messi BENCHED for Barcelona's LaLiga clash versus Real Betis .
The Barcelona captain has been dropped by Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman for the Catalans' LaLiga match against Real Betis on Saturday. This is Barcelona's last match for two weeks.The Argentine was named on the substitutes' bench for the Camp Nou encounter on Saturday afternoon, with Koeman opting for a front three of Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati.