“I’m tired of being held responsible for all of Barca’s problems.” The lament of Lionel Messi getting off his plane last Wednesday was ultimately very revealing of his current state of mind. The Argentinean wanted to leave Spain last summer, and he has apparently not changed his mind, as criticism has intensified about him since the start of the season. The episode of his true-false departure from Barça, and what came of it afterwards, left its mark on the club and in his head. Lionel is no longer really a messiah.
“It’s over between Barça and Messi”
At the origin of his team’s most dangerous chances against Atlético (0-1 defeat), the six-fold Argentinian Golden Ball appeared extinct on the field, which his only trip to the international break could not explain. “There is something that does not deceive. At one point, he had an opportunity, and he doubted, our consultant in Spain, Fred Hermel remarked on Saturday evening, in theAfter Foot, on RMC. Oblak was able to win. Messi hesitated between hitting and giving. It’s over between Barça and Messi. When a player wants to leave and is finally forced to stay for contractual reasons, in his head he’s gone. “
It is to be feared for Barça that this state of mind will have a lasting influence on the performances of the Argentine, who knows he is expected and scrutinized, not only on the pitch. “Did you see the cinema he made when he arrived at the airport? There was a tax officer on the plane, it exploded because of that,” Fred Hermel recalled. Convicted of tax evasion, Lionel Messi is constantly monitored for tax avoidance maneuvers of which he is still suspected 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 free to negotiate to leave where he wants, without being held back any longer.