Ever since he took to the pitch, Leo Messi has been the talisman that every Barca fan looks to. The prodigal Argentinian has been one of the most important players in the club’s success and is already a legend in the hearts of his fans. Messi has truly transformed the club, and many pundits argue that while there are many other factors that contribute to Barcelona’s success, it just would not have been the same without Leo Messi. Here are the 5 reasons why Barcelona will be incomplete without Lionel Messi their legendary maestro.
He has been one of the most consistent players of all time. Sure, there have been rare dips in performance but apart from those, Messi has been a reliable clockwork ninja who has performed in every game.
While Messi was once primarily known for his goal-scoring abilities, over the past few years he has risen up to create some absolutely marvelous goals for his team. His ability to distract opponents’ defense and to make defenders chase after him allows other strikers to creep into empty spaces and before we know it, a clever assist from Messi leads to a goal. Had it not been for Messi’s ability to pass well, Barca would have been in a lot of trouble, especially with the aging of its midfield powerhouses Xavi and Iniesta.
Considered by many to be the calmest of the lot, Messi has always been the king of cool at Barca. While bloodshed erupted during El Classicos, Messi calmly stood aside and let his team mates indulge in pitch battles while he planned his next move. It is true that had Messi also begun to get involved in the petty fights, Barca may not have seen so much success in the crucial El Clasico games.
In many big clubs, the turf wars can often lead to detrimental effects. Clubs with a lot of money like to sign the biggest and the best names in football, and naturally all these prima donnas have to be accommodated into their favorite positions. A lot of the times, it results in resentment among the players that have been at the club for a longer time. They feel outcast, ignored and underappreciated. Not only does this lead to lower morale, it may also cause disunity. This wasn’t the case with Barcelona, all thanks to Messi’s ability to play at almost any position. He started as a winger, then moved in as center forward and then moved to the wings again. Maybe it was his own preference, but the fact that never once did he conflict with other strikers shows his ability to remain focused. He plays well with almost any strike partnership and that is what truly makes him great.
Messi has, over the course of his career, received numerous lucrative offers from rich clubs. However, he has never entertained any offers. Had he done so, it would have led to lower morale, confusion and a dip in the club performance. Messi has remained loyal to Barcelona and his loyalty has driven the team into a singular unit that has reached the top of the footballing world.