Barcelona will select a brand new coach within the coming days, and it might have a brand new president subsequent 12 months. The membership can also be promising “wide-ranging” and “profound” structural modifications after considered one of its most humiliating defeats ever – the 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Friday.
The one huge query that is still is whether or not it is going to be capable of hold Lionel Messi. The group’s greatest star for greater than a decade has a contract with Barcelona till 2021, however he hasn’t been hiding his dissatisfaction with the membership.
Messi has been extra outspoken than ever this season, speaking concerning the group’s issues and pointing to poor selections by membership administrators. Though he has by no means actually hinted about leaving, his current actions have raised doubts about his future.
“Soccer is a recreation that comes and goes in a short time in your life, so this subsequent two years, the place he’s nonetheless going to have the ability to affect video games the best way he does, is he going to wish to be doing that not likely competing for the massive titles? I don’t know,” former participant Rio Ferdinand stated.
Spanish media has reported that negotiations to increase Messi’s contract past subsequent June have been on maintain for the reason that issues on the membership escalated. One Brazilian outlet, Esporte Interativo, stated Messi really needs to depart now as an alternative of ready till subsequent 12 months. Rumours of golf equipment desirous to signal Messi began to floor instantly after the group’s loss to Bayern, with Pep Guardiola-coached Manchester Metropolis reportedly among the many front-runners.
Many suppose the humiliation in opposition to Bayern might have been the tipping level for the Argentina nice. Messi seemed like he had already given up at halftime, when pictures confirmed him sitting at one finish of the bench wanting down and biting his nails whereas ready to return on the sector.
Messi and his teammates needed to face livid Barcelona followers who confronted them and criticized the group on the membership’s coaching middle after the squad returned from Portugal. Messi has been unusually quiet for the reason that loss in Lisbon and hasn’t made any public statements, not like after the group misplaced the Spanish league title to Actual Madrid a number of weeks in the past and he got here out to brazenly discuss to the media.
Earlier this season, Messi criticized Barcelona administrators for a few of their selections. He was particularly upset with sports activities director Eric Abidal after he criticized gamers’ efforts amid a collection of poor outcomes. Abidal was fired on Tuesday.
Messi had additionally stated that he didn’t suppose Barcelona would succeed within the Champions League the best way issues have been on the membership. The membership can also be dealing with a troublesome monetary state of affairs due to the coronavirus pandemic, which may make it tougher to barter with Messi. Nonetheless, Bacelona president Josep Bartomeu has at all times stated he expects Messi to complete his profession on the membership, and that Messi needs the identical. The results of subsequent 12 months’s presidential elections will probably play a vital position in Messi’s choice, and it’ll even be vital whether or not he’s pleased with the work of the group’s new coach.
The 33-year-old Messi is among the many growing old gamers throughout the squad, together with Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Jordi Alba. The kids touted as promising stars embody Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig, although it’s too early to know the way a lot they are going to have the ability to contribute to the primary group sooner or later. After the membership introduced “profound modifications to the primary group,” many are questioning what meaning for Messi.