Former Argentine goalkeeper Hugo Gatti believes Lionel Messi is no longer outstanding, and becomes a buden for the whole team in Barca.
Messi this season is no longer booming as the familiar image. But he is still the soul at Barca, with 23 goals over 30 appearances. However, according to Gatti, that is still not commensurate with the level of Messi and the expectation on the striker.
“Messi and Ronaldo are still the two best players in the world right now. But he needs to play better. Messi is used to playing with a boring pace, walking too much. I believe those who know football are both. will think like me. Come on, play seriously, boy. You have to play better, “Gatti continued.
Messi currently holds countless records, including the most goals scored in Barca’s shirt, with 437 goals in 473 matches in La Liga. However, he was silenced in some of the team’s important matches, including the loss of Bilbao 0-1 in the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup, the draw of Napoli 1-1 in the first leg of the 1/8 Champions League, and the loss of Real. Madrid 0-2 in round 26 of La Liga.
Gatti said that his teammates also bear part of the responsibility when Messi was silent like that. “The same thing that happened to Maradona and Pele, when there was a player like Messi, his teammates would always give the ball to him so that he could decide,” he said. In doing so, they broke the team, because they used to give the ball to Messi, instead of trying their own best.
Today, in round 27 of La Liga, Barca will host Sociedad. If won, Messi and his teammates can reclaim the top spot in 24 hours. The team holding the top of Real Madrid kicks late in this round, making guests on the Betis field at 3:00 on Monday 9/3.