It is already expected that FC Barcelona are going to have to cope without their star player Lionel Messi for at least six weeks, after the 26-year old picked up another of the injuries that have been plaguing him since last season. There is a theory that the problems have come because he keeps being brought back into the team before he has really recovered.
There is probably nothing in it, at least we hope not, but there are rumours going around that Barcelona could be in danger of losing the four time Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi. There is a report in the English media which claims that agents and people in the know have been talking about a possible move to the Premier League with Manchester City next summer.
It is almost 10 years since the magical number 10 made his debut for the Barcelona in a friendly before shooting up via the C and B sides to become the best player the club and probably the whole world has ever seen. His records and achievements have been mind boggling ever since and there are too many to mention.
Alexis Sanchez has been looking like the real deal for Barcelona again this season, after a disappointing campaign in La Liga last time, and he carried that through onto the international stage as he inspired Chile to a convincing victory over Roy Hodgson’s makeshift England side at Wembley.
Alexis pounced with almost the first attack of the game from Chile. His speed and determination were key elements as he burst forward and got in front of the left back to head past Celtic’s keeper Forster who he had been praising this week. The 24-year old went on to be the stand out performer and was rightly voted as the Man of the Match.
There have been rumours and speculation in the Spanish and British press all season about the Barcelona midfield star Andres Iniesta. The fact that the man who scored the winning goal in the World Cup final for Spain is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract with the Catalan club has encouraged the interest and it seems that some of Europe’s top clubs are taking an interest in the situation.
One of the main reasons for Barcelona making sure the transfer of the Brazilian star striker Neymar was completed this summer was for this exact situation. With Lionel Messi being largely unavailable through injury in the latter half of last season, Barcelona struggled at times and suffered disappointing exits from the Champions League and the Copa Del Rey.
Lionel Messi ended his mini goal drought on Wednesday with a Champions League double which helped Barcelona to beat AC Milan in Italy. The win not only ensured the club’s qualification for the knockout stages of the competition with two games to spare, but it seemed to mark the return to form of the little Argentine genius.
Both Messi himself and his manager Tata Martino have been talking about the situation, and it seems that the 26-year old is very close to being back to his best. To be fair, it was hardly a crisis in the first place, especially when you consider that he has had injury problems since last season.
All eyes will be on the Barcelona and Argentina star striker Lionel Messi tonight. It is ridiculous really to be talking about a goal drought with Messi. and he has already scored 12 goals this season, but a few games without a goal and the Spanish media are calling it a crisis.
The 26-year old is not on his best form and has not been since the niggling thigh problem caused him to miss a few games earlier in the season, but it is just a matter of time. Messi himself and his manager Tata Martino have been open about the situation, but they insist there is nothing else behind it and the goals will soon start to flow again.
Because Lionel Messi is such a fantastic player, and because Barcelona base all of their playing style around him, even when he is not fully fit, he usually plays. The player himself has admitted that he not firing on all cylinders, but believes that as he keeps playing, he will gain that full 100 percent match sharpness and get back to his best.
Messi was not very influential at all as Barca toiled to a 1-0 victory over local rivals Espanyol on Friday, but Messi does not believe that the fans have anything to worry about, as he declared via social media while celebrating the first birthday of his son Thiago on Saturday.