Lionel Messi looks tired and disinterested at Barcelona

Surely Barcelona’s supporters didn’t think it would end up like this.

Their best ever player, Lionel Messi, strolling around seemingly disinterested and looking as tired as he ever has.

Whatever the party line from him is, his body language doesn’t lie. Lionel Messi is not happy. Continue reading

No silverware this season could be a blessing for Barcelona

At the start of the current campaign, just as he had a year previously, Lionel Messi addressed the Camp Nou.

The message was much the same. The team were disappointed by their Champions League exit, and subsequent Copa del Rey final defeat, but a new season represented new opportunities.

The first team would do everything they could to bring home some silverware, preferably of the European variety. Continue reading

Do Mestre’s Neymar revelations spell the end for Dembele?

The last thing that Barcelona needed was confirmation that Ousmane Dembele was ruled out of action for the next six months.

On the cusp of a return after being out since before Christmas, the Frenchman broke down once again, and this time the injury has turned out to be worse than first feared.

Not only will he miss the rest of this season, but also the European Championship and 2020/21′s pre-season. Continue reading

Messi won’t leave Barca… will he?

In the wake of the fall out between Lionel Messi and Eric Abidal, Barcelona’s fan base have become incredibly concerned.

The thought that their captain could leave at the end of the season is something that is all consuming for anyone of the blaugrana persuasion.

But is it really likely that the No.10 will decide enough is enough? Continue reading

Messi’s criticism of Abidal is final straw for Barca’s players

It never rains but it pours.

Not only have Barcelona got some serious injury concerns to attend to, the long-term absences of Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele being the main two, but in-fighting threatens to overwhelm the club at the most important time of the season.

Rarely, if ever, does Lionel Messi break cover to say anything even mildly controversial, so we can infer much from his words last Tuesday. Continue reading

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