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Barcelona are not reliable these days, except for Lionel Messi

planetfootball: There is little you can rely on at Barcelona these days, except Lionel Messi finding new ways to surprise us with his brilliance.

The Camp Nou is not such a happy camp right now. While Real Madrid have won five consecutive games since football’s resumption in Spain, Barcelona have already dropped points twice, with Iago Aspas’ late goal on Saturday earning Celta Vigo a well-deserved 2-2 draw and giving Real a two-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Ernesto Valverde was sacked earlier in the season only for Barcelona to be spurned in their public courting of Xavi, Ronald Koeman and Mauricio Pochettino. Eventual replacement Quique Setien’s attempts to revitalise the side have been played out against a backdrop of in-fighting, bitching and turmoil.

But amid all the internal strife, the purity of Messi’s preternatural talents is all we ever need as neutrals. One game into La Liga’s return, he was breaking new records, and now he’s re-inventing the free-kick.

Such is Messi’s prowess from any dead ball position within 30 yards of the goal, opposition teams are coming up with increasingly novel ways of trying to thwart the Argentina international.

In Barcelona’s previous draw since football returned, Sevilla took this to the extreme, deploying one player to lie down on the floor behind the wall and another to use the tried and tested FIFA method of sprinting back to the goal-line. Without the latter, Messi would have won the game there and then.

It is merely a matter of survival for the likes of Sevilla whenever Messi is presented with an opportunity to shoot from the edge of the box.

And so when Celta similarly crowded the goal-line as Messi took aim from 20 yards out, little Leo showed a touch of ingenuity to instead plant the ball onto the head of Luis Suarez, who was being played onside by the defenders on the line.

With opposition teams going out of their way to spoil his fun and his own club enduring something of an existential crisis, not to mention the national reliance of Argentina, as Messi approaches the end of his career there are times when it feels like him against the world.

It would still take a brave man to bet against him coming out on top.

Source: Published by planetfootball

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Rafiu Idris
Rafiu Idris
1 month ago

they need good teamwork and strategies

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
1 month ago

they need a good team spirit

Uzoh pascal
Uzoh pascal
1 month ago

This is true

Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
1 month ago

OK good

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

Messi greatest of all time⚽🚶

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

They need good coach

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
1 month ago

That’s right

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
1 month ago

If Messi leaves, Barcelona crumbles

Andemah jairus
Andemah jairus
1 month ago

Barcelona need more effort

Ikechimark ludger
Ikechimark ludger
1 month ago

True

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
1 month ago

They need a great potential players like messi

Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
1 month ago

Really

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
1 month ago

mesi is good

Aladetoyinbo Tunde James
Aladetoyinbo Tunde James
1 month ago

The team should be more serious

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

They need to move on and good team work

Aba Osita Oscar
Aba Osita Oscar
1 month ago

They need to have a common goal and commitment.

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
1 month ago

They need more quality players

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

Barca is lucky to have Messi.

Nwachukwu ogechi
Nwachukwu ogechi
1 month ago

Good team

Ibiyemi abiola atbass
Ibiyemi abiola atbass
1 month ago

True talk

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
1 month ago

Difficult fixtures ahead

Aremoh James Oyewole
Aremoh James Oyewole
1 month ago

Messi is trying

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
1 month ago

That’s right

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

Barca need serious team work

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

Messi is a leader

Chiemerie nnam
Chiemerie nnam
1 month ago

They really need a good performance

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

Messi Messiah

udeme umoh
udeme umoh
1 month ago

It could be frustrating

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

Messi os Barca saviour

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
1 month ago

It’s fraustrating

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
1 month ago

Messi boss

saviour john
saviour john
22 days ago

This is true