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4 Reasons why Lionel Messi shouldn't leave Barcelona

Akshay Ron
SENIOR ANALYST
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 CaptionIn a time bustling with festive celebrations, the football world beckons to see the best player of the year as the countless debates about the most talked about individual footballing award fill sporting circles. The dominance of Messi and Ronaldo is well-known and we could only expect it to continue this year. However, January also brings with it the much awaited winter window.As the transfer window approaches, the internet is buzzing with news of potential moves and rumours are all over the place. In this case, one of the most interesting and ones has been Lionel Messi looking for a move away from Barcelona. Although his financial problems are supposed to be the main reason behind the possible move, it is also suggested the club’s lack of silverware recently could spur the transfer on. Whatever might be the case, it is important that no such thing happens and Lionel Messi stays in Catalonia.Let’s take a look at 4 reasons why Messi shouldn’t be going anywhere and stay at Barcelona.

#1 He is yet to achieve everything; There is more for him to emulate

The time has come for Xavi to step down as the team’s chief architect. Can Messi become the new hub of his team and guide them to glory in the absence of the duo?

When one starts to criticize Messi, the most common point raised against him is the supposed fact that he has been spurred on for so many years by the brilliance of Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets. Those three have been the backbone of Barcelona’s midfield for the past six years and are vital in the team’s performances.

Added to that, his failure to perform with Argentina only helps these detractors stake their claim. Despite his excellent performances in the first four matches, he failed to inspire the team in the final three knockout stages and eventually Messi cut a disoriented figure as the Germans lifted the World Cup.

However, there was a World Cup onslaught that impressed upon the world how the famed Xavi and Iniesta couldn’t perform without Messi ahead of them. The unpredictability of the 5-1 defeat of Spain could only be overshadowed by Germany’s 7-1 mauling of Brazil. An outdated philosophy and the most important players at the wrong side of their prime systematically destroyed the name Spanish football had built in so many years.

This will undoubtedly serve as the stepping ground for Messi to become the leader of the team. A relatively different team with a new manager, far less accomplished than the mighty Guardiola brings in a need for a leader from within.

Having seen Puyol retire and Xavi reach the twilight of his career, it is imminent that the responsibility falls on Leo Messi to lead the team from the front. When Guardiola built his team around Messi as a False 9, he was obviously looking to make the best of Messi’s ingenious dribbling skills and astute positioning coupled with being a deadly striker in front of goal.

But this time around, Luis Enrique has withdrawn Messi to more of an attacking midfield role as part of his plans to gradually phase out the necessity for Xavi in the team. This is where Messi gets to control the game; once again, the team is built around him but unlike last time, he is the one who commands. The two other forwards, Luis Suarez and Neymar play to his balls and that is the signal of a transition in Barcelona.

The big challenge would be if Messi can propel his team to the not-so-long before achieved heights and forever rid his critics of an opportunity to bring down his stature citing the failure to perform without Xavi and Iniesta.


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