Lionel Messi now part of the problem at Barcelona

Ross Houston
November 23, 2020

I'd like as a Barcelona fan for him to finish his career there.

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Former England worldwide Owen insists that Manchester City have not looked convincing and Guardiola's sullen mood on the touchline has reflected on the performances of his side this season.

When the Citizens made it official on Thursday, simultaneously some members of the English media came out with a report stating the English side were "ready to go back" for Lionel Messi in January after a failed attempt in the summer. And that is how it played out. But if Barcelona held the upper hand in August and September, the control and power now lies with Messi because of the dwindling status of his contract.

"I'm exhausted of always being the problem for everything in the club", said Lionel Messi at Barcelona Airport on Wednesday evening on his return from worldwide duty with Argentina. But by securing Guardiola for the next two-and-half years, City have also reinforced their chances of signing Messi. I have everything I could possibly want to do my job well and I am humbled by the confidence the Owner, Chairman, Ferran and Txiki have shown in me to continue for two more years after this season. I don't know what is in his mind, for now he's a Barcelona player.

The outlet notes that transfer activity across football is likely to be subdued in the winter transfer window with some clubs, like Spanish giants Real Madrid, not buying any players at all, and others trying to sell so they can make bigger transfers at a later date. "We are working hard, we have to improve things in defence and attack", Barca coach Ronald Koeman said after their latest setback.

The English 2019 champions have been strongly linked with the 33-year old Argentine superstar after he sought an exit from Barcelona during the summer amid a contract dispute that saw Messi reluctantly opt to see out the final year of his contract at the Nou Camp. "The rest, I can not say anything".

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