“I’m tired of being responsible for all of Barca’s problems.” Lionel Messi’s lament when he got off the plane last Wednesday ultimately greatly revealed his current state of mind. The Argentine wanted to leave Spain last summer, and apparently did not change his mind, as criticism of his account has intensified since the start of the season. The episode of his true-false departure from Barca and what followed left a mark on the club and in his head. Lionel is no longer really the messiah.
“It’s over between Barça and Messi”
In the emergence of his team’s most dangerous chances against Atlético (0-1 defeat), the six-time Argentine Golden Ball seemed extinct on the pitch, which his only trip to the international break could not explain. “There’s something he doesn’t cheat on. At one point he had a chance and he doubted, our adviser in Spain Fred Hermel remarked on Saturday night, in After Foot, at RMC. Cloud managed to win. Messi hesitated between hitting and giving “It’s almost between Barca and Messi. When a player wants to leave and is finally forced to stay for contractual reasons, he is no longer in his head.”
For Barça, one should fear that this state of mind will permanently affect the performance of the Argentine, who knows he is expected and supervised, not just on the field. “Did you see the cinema he made when he arrived at the airport? There was a tax collector on the plane, it exploded because of it,” Fred Hermel recalled. Convicted of tax evasion, Lionel Messi is constantly monitored for tax evasion maneuvers he is still suspected of in Spain. For this reason and so many others, Messi’s future at Barca is more than uncertain. In a few weeks, he will be able to negotiate freely about going where he wants, without being held back.