Ronald Koeman, the former Dutch and Barcelona star, returned to Camp Nou after almost three decades. He replaced Quique Setien, another manager, who created enough hype not so long ago. Koeman has been appointed as the manager to bring the club back on track. The Dutch have challenges to overcome and one of the toughest challenges would be to gel with the Barca superstar, Messi.
According to RAC1, Messi interrupted his holidays and returned to Catalonia to meet with Koeman and discuss the plan for the next season.
Messi sees himself more outside than inside Barcelona in the near future, but he is aware that it will be difficult to leave the club as he has another year left in his contract as RCA1 reported.
Koeman stated that Messi would the pillar in the next season, but also emphasized that he has no interest in those who are not fully committed to the team.
After a below-par La Liga season, Barcelona’s progress in the Champions League ended up with eggs on their faces because Bayern Munich gifted them an eight-goal disgrace, which would haunt them for a long, long time.
No sooner had the nightmare in Cristiano Ronaldo’s country ended, the rumour of Messi leaving Barcelona next season gained the momentum. The football fans are quite familiar with such rumours but in the end, Messi stays in Barcelona.
To leave his comfort zone like Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar and exhibit his guts somewhere else has been never been Messi’s style – but he feeds in a supporting system, which helps him very much. Over the last ten years, it is evident, Messi melts under adversity.
Neither has he the qualities of Pele nor Garrincha nor Diego Maradona nor Ronald O Fenomeno nor Cristiano Ronaldo, who will show his very best when the going gets tougher.
Messi is someone who loves the hype to hide from all the problems rather than solving them. We witnessed this after the tragic loss against Chile in the finals of Copa America and now we are witnessing this in Camp Nou.
Clearly, he lacks the leadership qualities and the plan to gel with Messi first and then proceed accordingly has not given Barcelona anything for the last five years.
If Messi really wishes to leave, Josep Maria Bartomeu should let him GO!
The time has come to build a team for the future and no football would want Barcelona to face a tragic fate because it would kill the charm in world football.
If Messi is sold for a high price, this money could be used to fund a move for another top player to take his place.
Yes, it would not be easier to move on without Messi, but Florentino Perez and Real Madrid have shown how things can be done even without Cristiano Ronaldo.
The time has come for Bartomeu to learn from their arch-rivals!