What will be Left of Barcelona when Messi Retires?!
Many people believe the Spanish outfit Barcelona will become average when Messi retires. But first who is Messi? Lionel Messi, that Argentinian professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains for both Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He is often considered the best in the world (subject to debate) and regarded by many as one of the greatest football players the world has ever seen. Messi has a record tying five Ballon d’Or awards out of which he won four consecutively. He also has a record of five European golden shoe awards. He has however spent all his entire professional career at Barcelona, where he won a club record thirty-two trophies including nine La liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copa Del Rey titles. He is both a prolific goal scorer and a creative playmaker.
With these personal and team achievements over the last decade, his importance in the team cannot be over-emphasized and if he should retire now, what will really become of this great team? Or could we rightly say that Messi made FC Barcelona great?
No doubt, they will definitely feel his absence but would they be just fine eventually? It could be hard to believe, but here is a brief history to back this theory up. Before Messi made his debut for the senior team, they were doing quite okay with the likes of Ronaldinho Gaucho, Xavi, Iniesta and the likes, in fact they were awesome! And in recent times, the board of directors at Barcelona have been trying their best in looking for a successor for Messi, by signing talented players such as Malcom, Coutinho, and Dembele among others.
Maybe someone will just fill in his shoes, who knows? Or this shoe is so large and wouldn’t be filled…
Only time would tell.