Can Ansu Fati become Lionel Messi’s successor?

Before the start of the 2019/20 campaign, only those with knowledge of Barcelona’s youth team players had heard of Ansu Fati.

The youngster had sailed through most of the age groups at the club, due in no small part to the fearlessness with which he approached every challenge.

That has stood him in good stead since his promotion to the first team. Continue reading

3 things that could decide El Clasico

Better late than never.

Although we’ve had to wait for a few weeks, the first El Clasico of the season is virtually upon us, and it can’t come soon enough for fans and players alike.

There really isn’t a game like it anywhere in the world, and this one could be the most closely fought in the league for years. Continue reading

Leo Messi doesn’t need awards to know he’s the best ever

There isn’t a season that goes past when Lionel Messi doesn’t win an award of some description.

He already has 35 team titles to his name with Barcelona, a club record, but the individual accolades just keep on coming.

Ever since the start of his Barcelona career in 2005, he’s been hoovering up gongs left, right and centre, and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight. Continue reading

Lionel Messi: Barcelona’s solution or their problem?

For the best part of 15 years now, Lionel Messi has wowed fans of FC Barcelona.

Even as a young 17-year-old, the Argentinian had the ability to get supporters off of their seats with consummate ease.

As soon as he’d made his debut in the first team, there was never any doubt that he would go on to become a world star, but that’s been almost as much of a curse as it’s been a blessing. Continue reading

Barca must countenance a Messi exit

Over the course of the last few days, an interview that Lionel Messi gave to a Catalan newspaper has received widespread coverage.

The reason for the same has been because it was arguably the most in-depth the Barca captain has been in some time, in response to a tough line of questioning.

Moreover, it was an extensive interview covering all topics, with seemingly nothing off limits.

Not even the thought of Messi earning his living elsewhere. Continue reading

If Messi isn’t the Ballon d’Or, they should scrap it

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It’s long been contended that the Ballon d’Or has lost its shine as a worthwhile award.

Why?

Tactical voting, ridiculous PR campaigns designed to ensure certain players are front and centre around voting time despite having a poor year.

No definable metrics as to exactly how becoming the Ballon d’Or is measured. Continue reading

Attack still the best form of defence at Barcelona

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Here we are just a week away from the start of pre-season for FC Barcelona, and with the focus at the club very much on the front line.

Though a left-back is still sought to provide competition for Jordi Alba, the technical department seem hell bent on getting attacking signings in through the front door first.

Didn’t anyone tell the club that any title-winning team worth its salt is built on a solid defence?

Barca did ok for the most part in that respect in 2018/19, but when the going got tough… Continue reading

Barcelona must rest Messi more than ever in 2019/20

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Barcelona have the biggest of seasons ahead of them in 2019/20, and Lionel Messi will be required to work his usual magic for the most part.

The Argentinian is the glue that holds the Blaugrana together and the more Barca try to rid themselves of their Messi-dependance tag, the more it stays as a millstone around their necks.

Though the No.10 and captain has been front and centre for the best part of a decade, now is the time for him to take a back seat. Continue reading

Could Barcelona’s ‘decision’ on Neymar leave Griezmann in limbo?

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This summer’s transfer window is shaping up to be one of the most explosive in history, and in more ways than one.

We’re still over a week from the window officially opening yet deals have already been agreed across Europe, and clubs are just waiting for July 1 to have them rubber stamped.

One player who is definitely on the move is Antoine Griezmann, but his treatment of Barcelona last summer looks like it could come back to haunt him. Continue reading

Do Barcelona really need Antoine Griezmann?

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Only a year ago, Antoine Griezmann was making a real song and dance about not going to FC Barcelona.

With the hope of winning trophies at Atletico Madrid now virtually evaporated, the Frenchman has shown the true meaning of his loyalty – by jumping ship at the first opportunity after being awarded a record-breaking deal.

And where should he decide he wants to end up? The same team he made every effort not to join during the last summer window. Continue reading