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Bartomeu: I can’t let Messi go

President Josep Maria Bartomeu asserted that in the interests of Barca, he must be determined to keep Lionel Messi in the summer of 2020.

“I will not cause a conflict with him. Messi is the captain of the team, the leader of the team. I cannot let him leave the club. Messi is the best player of all time and The team needs him. Owning Messi is a guarantee of success”, Bartomeu told TV3.

Near the end of August, Messi asked to leave a year ahead of his contract. The decision was made by the 33-year-old star not long after Barca lost a big 2-8 defeat to Bayern in the Champions League. Barca, headed by President Bartomeu, refused to allow the Argentine striker to leave for free. Finally, Messi decided to stay. However, he still expressed his anger and criticized Bartomeu for not keeping his word, once-promising to let him go at the end of the season.

“We saw him talking on the pitch and now is the time to move on after the leaving controversy,” Bartomeu said. “We should congratulate ourselves for having kept Messi successful and on his manners for the past few days. The best player in the world should stay in our house.”

Messi is committed to his stay and will continue to dedicate himself to Barca, and he is showing it on the pitch. In the Girona match on September 17, Messi scored two goals, helping Barca to win three friendly matches before the new season began.

Meanwhile, Bartomeu is facing a new war when more than 20,000 club members sign a request for a no-confidence vote with him. Barca’s leadership will decide on this in the next two weeks. Bartomeu said he is still focused on his work, not mindful of the demands of the protesting group. “The leadership and I will continue to work to make sure we have the most competitive team. We’ll say this again after the signatures are confirmed. At this point, no one wants to give up. The club will move on and we have a lot to rearrange,” Bartomeu said.

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Messi was shocked by his teammates in Barca

The Spanish press evoked a very strange incident going on in Barca, whose main content was about Lionel Messi.

In an article published early today (September 1, local time), journalist Juan Jimenez of AS (Spain) gave a series of doubts and judgments about the situation behind the scenes.

According to Jimenez, except for Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal, who have a close relationship with Messi and have just been determined by Coach Ronald Koeman for the future, there are not any players in the current Barca team make a personal opinion or take a move related to Messi’s situation.

Earlier, Messi and Suarez were seen driving out of the hotel after dinner in Barcelona on August 26, the day after Messi faxed a request to terminate his contract with Barca. Vidal recently posted a forum to claim Messi is an alien in Barca but still needs help, after judging that Barca currently has only 13 professional players.

The strangest case that Jimenez named in this incident was Gerard Pique, who came from the same Barca training camp as Messi and had an almost one-family relationship with the Argentine superstar.

However, in recent days, Pique has not made any move, both on social networks and in real life. Pique’s latest statement came after a 2-8 defeat to Bayern.

The darling of the other La Masia oven like Sergio Busquets or Sergi Roberto also silenced a little.

According to Jimenez, Busquets and Messi’s relationship was a bit chipped when the Spanish midfielder said Messi had influenced Ernesto Valverde to remove his name from the main team, and then not be used at La Liga 2019/20 opening match when Barca lost 0-1 to Bilbao at San Mames.

Some other quite influential figures in the Barca dressing room like goalkeeper Ter Stegen, or defender Alba do not have any movement about the incident, let alone rookie Griezmann.

The last message sent out by the Barca dressing room related to Messi is the reprint of Messi’s statement about the team being reduced by 70% in March 2020.

Jimenez said there were two reasons why this strange atmosphere happened in Barca.

The first may be the caution of the players, in order to avoid statements that are not favorable for the team as well as for the most powerful player in the team. The second is that Messi no longer receives support from his teammates. This is probably the most shocking thing.

The journalist of the AS newspaper also pointed out a more remarkable detail, when the person considered Messi’s spokesman, Pepe Costa, suddenly disappeared on social networks or in statements supporting M10 as before. This character acts as Messi’s spokesperson and translator before the outside world, not only in club problems but in any field related to the life of number 10 Barca.

It should be known that Pepe Costa is one of the few enduring professionals, despite the changes in leadership, from Joan Laporta to Sandro Rosell and Josep Bartomeu.

From a loyal guard of Sandro Rosell, Pepe Costa gradually became one of the few people to win Messi’s trust. Later, even Messi severed close ties with fitness expert Juanjo Brau to get closer to Pepe Costa.

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What is the most possible stop for Messi if he leaves Barca?

Lionel Messi has sent a request to leave Barca and the Argentine striker must have made a decision about his new team in the future.

Messi has sent a transfer request to Barca, so it is only a matter of time before the player leaves. But which team will the Argentine striker switch to after leaving Barca? 

At 33, Messi is still one of the best in the world. Barca may be empty this season, but Messi’s performance is still really impressive. He has 31 goals and 24 assists in 44 games. 

Thus, Messi is still directly involved in 1.25 goals / game in the season where Barca played badly and he himself had to leave the early part of the season due to injury.

Therefore, after Messi sent a transfer request to Barca, many big clubs in Europe offered to hire the Argentinian striker. 

Tax incentives in Italy can help Serie A teams gain an advantage in the race to win Messi. Inter Milan has long shown interest in Messi and senior club officials repeatedly affirming its ambition to recruit the Argentine striker. 

But if you want to see his best friend Neymar again, Messi needs to go to PSG. This team has just reached the Champions League final with a star-studded lineup and the bosses are always ready to meet transfer requirements to realize the dream of a European championship.

From the Premier League, the two clubs Man City and MU both wanted to have Messi. In it, Man City had wished for Messi for a long time. The opportunity to work with old teacher Pep Guardiola and close friend Sergio Aguero can make Messi choose this stop.

In addition, the big money clubs in China or the US cannot ignore Messi. But there is a high chance that Messi will refuse because he needs to play in a peak environment in hopes of attending the 2022 World Cup. 

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7 interesting coincidences between Messi and prodigy striker 15 years old

There are many interesting similarities between Lionel Messi and 15-year-old talent Luka Romero, the boy who just debuted in La Liga and was dubbed Messi Mexico.

Luka Romero just went down in history when he became the youngest player to debut in La Liga at the age of 15 and 219 days. This boy was born in Mexico but served the Argentina team like his elder brother Messi.

1. Two people wear the number 18 shirt of the team

Luka Romero made his Argentina debut in the South American U15 tournament in 2019 with 2 goals. In the final, Argentina drew 1-1 with Brazil, before losing 3-5 on penalties.

Meanwhile, on August 17, 2005, Messi wore the number 18 shirt in a friendly against Hungary.

2. Both want shirt number 10

Messi wore the Argentina number 10 shirt for the first time on March 28, 2009 in a 409 win against Venezuela in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. 

Romero, from an early age, wore that iconic shirt of Argentine football. However, in the youth team, he could not use the number 10 because it belonged to Ignacio Tapia from Belgrano.

3. Both are left-footed

The gift of talent that both of them were given was their left leg, although Messi and Romero also played right foot not bad. 

In both the team and the club, Messi stands out in either a connected role on the front line or on the wide right.

Romero also adapts well to different positions, especially the number 10 role. “He is a technical player, with the ability to handle the ball, pass and dribble well. He read the game very well, ”commented Argentina U15 coach Alejandro Sagasse.

4. Family and Spain

Messi and Romero have both lived in Europe since childhood but they have almost the entire family in Argentina. Messi’s relatives are still in Rosario. Romero came to Spain when he was 3 years old, while the whole family continued to live south of Buenos Aires. 

5. Both are connected to Barcelona

Messi coming to Catalan is a famous story, with a happy ending, including 36 titles and love continues to grow day by day. 

Romero spent a week of testing at the La Masia training furnace and then left. “I was far away from home, I don’t remember much because when I was very young,” the striker, who has been with Mallorca since the age of 5, recalls.

6. They were known earlier in Spain than in Argentina

Perhaps due to geographical reasons, the first steps of Messi and Romero have been closely followed by the Spanish media. 

7. They choose to play for the Argentina team

Messi was tempted from Spain but in June 2004, he turned down an offer to play for the national team. 

Romero has Mexican nationality (was born in Durango) and Spain but has fulfilled his dream of playing for Argentina in the U15 South American squad in 2019.

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Messi was criticized for walking too much

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.