Will Barcelona Decline After Retirement of Messi ?

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SANGIZA ABANDI IYI NKURU

The Argentinian ,Lionel Andres Messi Cuccittini simply known as Lionel Messi is not only arguably Barcelona’s all time best player but he is also arguably Football’s all time most talented player.

Following his debut in 2004 ,Lionel Messi has helped the Catalan Side, FC Barcelona where he has spent his 16 entire professional career to win 34 trophies including ten La Liga titles,four UEFA Champions League titles and six Copas del Rey.

More than 30 Percent of all Barcelona’s titles has been won in the time of Lionel Messi.Now Messi is getting older and in recent years ,It has been circulating rumours suggesting that Messi may consider offers of playing in other teams like Manchester City.

Hours before his dead ball hat trick against Celta Vigo – the 34th of his La Liga career and third time he had scored two free-kicks in one match – FC Barcelona’s plans for Lionel Messi were revealed.

In a widely-circulated interview with the Associated Press, current president Josep Bartomeu spoke of his desire to make the five-time Ballon d’Or winner a one-club man by offering him an ‘indefinite’ contract.

With it, he would see out the rest of his playing days in Catalonia, where he has lived for almost two decades since being scouted as a teen in Argentina, and renew his current deal set to expire 2021.

‘In the next coming two or three seasons our leader will continue to be Leo Messi,’ confirmed Bartomeu. ‘But it’s true that there are other young players who are coming. Players coming from abroad, but also players coming from La Masia [youth academy]. And we are very happy because we are preparing this post-Messi era,’ he bullishly stated.

At a time when dependance on Leo has become more evident than ever, demands to learn exactly what this entails have already been made.

It is is easy to get carried away and conjure up images of Bartomeu and his staff running drills akin to doomsday preppers. As R.E.M.’s ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ plays over a tannoy, they imagine the full-time whistle has just blown on Messi’s last ever appearance in Blaugrana colours and chaotic panic ensues.


SANGIZA ABANDI IYI NKURU

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