3️⃣ reasons why Messi’s exit could be good news for Barcelona 🤔

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With Bayern Munich already winning 8-2, an isolated Lionel Messi attempted to dribble forward but was instantly crowded out.

He exhaled, pulled up his socks, stood motionless with his hands on his hips and didn’t give chasing back a second thought.

Maybe that was the moment he decided to leave Barcelona. But could this actually be a positive thing for the club?

Goodbye to the safety blanket

Having the world’s best player on your books will never be a bad thing. But it does create some damaging long-term habits.

Through his own brilliance, Messi has turned Barcelona into a side purely reliant on him to score and create, leaving others without initiative.

Last season, the 33-year-old directly contributed to 54% of their 86 Premier LaLiga goals (25 goals, 21 assists) with Luis Suárez his nearest challenger – who could only manage half that output.

Using Arsenal as an example, Robin van Persie directly contributed to 60% of their 74 EPL goals (30G, 14A) before leaving for Manchester United.

The following season, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla all reached double figures domestically, a far healthier spread of responsibility.

Losing Messi will never be a “good” thing, but allowing Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati and others to take centre stage, alongside some positive transfer market business could benefit them.

Holding those accountable

How the Blaugrana have been allowed to decline into this state is down to pure negligence with transfers, squad building and through a gradual loss of identity.

And the first person whose performance deserves scrutiny is Josep Maria Bartomeu. Appointed as president in 2014 – his silverware reel boasts ten major honours – including three LaLiga titles and a Champions League.

But look beyond those trophies and you will uncover a series of questionable decisions.

Bartomeu sanctioned deals for Ousmane Dembélé, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann who cost a combined €380m, providing little in the way of value since arriving.

Their squad management has been ridiculous, with a mixture of young players too inexperienced to contribute consistently and older players, past their peak, eating up huge wages.

And that doesn’t even address how managers have been appointed, how La Masía continues to be neglected and how, commercially, Barça have fallen off a cliff.

Those in charge must be held accountable.

Best for both?

Has anyone considered the reality that Messi leaving might suit both parties? Just take into consideration that Messi joined Barça aged 13 – he is 33 now.

That is a ridiculously long association with one football club and after winning every domestic trophy available to him, could he just want a new challenge?

One club men are understandably adored but extremely rare. High level sportsmen need fresh environments and targets to keep motivated and the Argentine is no different.

And yes, Barcelona lose their talisman, but for a cash-strapped club – saving €30m per year on wages could be hugely beneficial to them.

Messi also plays a significant role in Blaugrana politics as much as people don’t want to admit it.

Presidencies have hinged on his approval, as have transfer targets, and freeing themselves of that influence could be a blessing in disguise.

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