Leo messi completed one of his worst games so far this season at the Wanda Metropolitano. The Argentine did not have his night and passed without pain or glory through Madrid in a duel in which everyone FC Barcelona disappointed. The problem is that not so long ago, the ’10’ was the light that illuminated the path of his team on the darkest days. Now, the ’10’ is not more than a player more in the bad days of the Barça.
It is difficult to speak ill of a player who has given so much joy to the Barça team, of someone who has made history and who has become the best player in the history of the club. But after performances like the one he did this Saturday against Atlético, there is no choice but to do so. The Rosario was horrible in every way and ended with neither more nor less than 23 losses total.
Leo was imprecise with the ball both in the pass and in the dribbling, something in which until now he was the master of teachers. In fact, so He only gave 36 good passes, a figure that, taking into account the balls he lost, turns out to be insufficient. The rojiblanca defense won the game at all times and snatched the ball from him almost every time the striker approached dangerous positions.
One of the few times he did not lose it was on Barcelona’s clearest occasion in the crash. A spectacular center of his with his right leg went to the head of Clément Lenglet, who forgave the tie when he had everything in favor. That was surely the only contribution of the attacker to his team, since on the clearest occasion he had he ended up shooting with power, but without precision, at the hands of Jan Oblak.
Football and Messi’s attitude, up for debate
But the but of this Messi is not that he fails or that he loses balls that he did not lose before, it is his attitude when doing it. The blaugrana fell into the Wanda and gave the impression that their captain did not hurt less than puncturing in Mendizorroza or Getafe. Leo has gotten used to losing and not performing at the level of the shield that he wears, something extremely worrying for the future of the club and the player in the entity.
Sometimes it gives the impression that the ’10’ has turned the page and that he is already thinking about the next campaign. Do not forget that the contract ends in 2021 and that in January he could negotiate with any team to leave for free in the summer. Only he knows what is wrong with him and what he wants to do with his future, but the reality today is that his attitude and his football are leaving much to be desired. Barça urgently needs its best version and it is up to him to show it or continue to be shipwrecked on the pitch.