With Lionel Messi in Barcelona, none of this would be happening.

After just eight matches, Barcelona are already

looking adrift.

They have already made it clear that they are going to

struggle to reach the last 16 of the Champions

League, and in LaLiga Santander they are struggling

to keep pace with the leaders, Real Madrid. Ronald

Koeman‘s days are numbered and Joan Laporta is

already looking for a replacement. It is clear that

allowing Lionel Messi to leave has been a major

blunder. It is true that he was paid a lot of money and

that the club had a lot of problems with LaLiga’s

salary limit, but the team has been left orphaned,

without a reference in attack.

Messi wins games. All by himself. As he did this

Tuesday for Paris Saint-Germain. When Manchester

City were pressing the most, Messi emerged to score

his goal and all but secure the three points. With

him, Barcelona would have beaten Granada and

Cadiz. And Lisbon would have been a totally different

story. Besides, he was the perfect example for the

youngsters. Gavi and Nico Gonzalez would have

learned a lot from him, for example. But there was no

money.

The problem is that what Messi does has not been

appreciated. The Argentine is not as expensive as

you might think because his presence attracts new

sponsors. And that those who are there don’t leave in

a hurry, as is now happening. Messi‘s departure has

caused several companies that had the idea of

collaborating with Barcelona to abandon their plans.

And winning matches in the Champions League and

getting into the last 16 also represents money.

In Paris they are rubbing their hands with the

business deals they are doing with the 34-year-old.

At Barcelona they have asked for a huge loan in order

to survive. Either the ball starts rolling now or there

are going to be turbulent years ahead at the Camp

Nou.

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