7th March, 2019
It has always been a fact that a Barcelona team without Lionel Messi i the line-up is as good as any other team. His inclusion in the team turns Barca into a collection of superstars.
This fact was taken to a new level recently as Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the LaLiga champions cannot imagine life without superstar Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona captain has established himself as the greatest player in Barca’s history following his debut in 2004, becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer.
Captain “Marvelous Messi” signed a new contract with Barca in 2017 and while Bartomeu agrees that the Spaniards must prepare for the post-Messi era, he is ready to finalise yet another renewal.
“At the moment we cannot imagine it, but we have to prepare for it,” Bartomeu told Marca.
“It will be a very different Barcelona, we have to look for young talent.
“Leo has a contract until 2021 and we will also do another renewal. He has the ambition to win titles.”
Lionel Messi has enjoyed yet another fine season as Barcelona compete for honours on three fronts in the closing months of the season.
It is also a fact that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s league-best 25 goals has Barca seven points clear atop LaLiga, while he has scored 33 times in all competitions to help Ernesto Valverde’s side into the Champions League last 16 and Copa del Rey final.
“There is a lot left to go, but the objective is the treble,” Bartomeu added. “I see the players and coaches are motivated and also the directors, many years ago, the supporters were pessimistic.
“The presidents have influence, but we have had great players. We have also had coaches who have had a lot of success.”