MESSI’S TRANSFER SAGA: THE BARTOMEU’S FAULT

All Eyes of the Football Pundits and Fans were on the Argentinian Superstar ‘La Pulga’, as called in Spain none other than Lionel Messi. After winning Copa America, he was seemed to be the favorite of the Ballon dor, though rumors were there he was about to complete the renewal of his Barca Contract until 2026 this July, things went Unfortunately in 24hrs and left all the Barca Fans in tears and heartbroken.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Barcelona has reported being in over 1 billion Euros in debt, a massive number considering all the marketing and brand value Barcelona has. Nonetheless, the financials of the club have fallen apart and no better has that been on display than the Messi Gate Situation and later in the transfer market.

Barcelona has been oddly quiet this offseason in the market, looking to let go of players rather than sign any. While they continue to toss their name in the mix for players like Erling Haaland and a possible return for Neymar, the reality is, the club cannot afford big-time contracts or transfer fees. The announcement that the greatest player to ever wear the Barcelona uniform, Lionel Messi, is leaving the club for not being able to come to terms on a new contract is further proof that Barcelona is not the club they once were.

President Bartomeu & Lionel Messi during the player’s contract extension in 2017
President Bartomeu & Lionel Messi during the player’s contract extension in 2017 

The Ex-Barca President Bartomeu is indeed directly pointed as the reason by, a side of Barca fans. After the Remontada against PSG Neymar, who carried the whole team in the knockout stage, was Shadowed by Messi which made Neymar leave the Catalan club to PSG. After this, Barcelona struggled to replace the place Neymar. They signed Dembele for a record fee of €100M + a €40M bonus which the money went in vain and, he never reached the potential he had instead, he was injured constantly was more in the Hospital than on the Barca bench. This made the Catalan club sign the Liverpool star who was in the form of his lifetime, for a club-record fee of €160M. After signing him, it seemed as Neymar’s Childhood friend has replaced him, but this didn’t go well he lost his place at starting level because of his poor performances. He had a nightmare at the Catalan club. So he was loaned to Bayern, where he won Bundesliga and Champions League and returned in a good rhythm to Barcelona.

But because of his transfer clause with Liverpool, if he wins UCL after his move to Barca, they have to pay a bonus to Liverpool after some appearance, so to reduce this financial burden, Barca had to imply that he’s injured to make him out of the squad. All these poor signings in the transfer window and letting club legends Suarez and Rakitic cheap in the transfer window and joining the Super League made Bartomeu sacked. But though his departure problems didn’t end, It went on a BOOM as Messi leaving.