Barcelona Already Has a Replacement for Lionel Messi – Rumors about Lionel Messi's departure from Barcelona have not subsided. Lionel Messi is reportedly fed up with club officials who are considered to have failed to manage the club and do not pay attention to the interests of players.
The news of Messi's departure began to surface when Barcelona was eliminated in the event Champions League. They were humiliated with a score of 2-8 by Bayern Munich, who became the new champions. The defeat made the players' pride fall, especially Lionel Messi.
Previously, this season Messi had indeed repeatedly complained about the team's internal problems this season. At first he protested the decision to dismiss Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. He also criticized the club as if they often blame and do not appreciate the hard work of the players.
The arrival of Ronald Koeman
Barcelona parties are clearly confused about hearing news about Messi's departure. They then responded quickly, namely by firing Quique Setien and Eric Abidal. After that, they appointed Ronald Koeman as Setien's replacement.
Koeman is expected to be able to fix problems in the body of Barcelona, one of which is by keeping Messi. A senior coach like Koeman should be heard more in the dressing room.
Massive changes are also ready for Barcelona, Ronald Koeman is rumored to be releasing a number of senior players such as Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and even Gerard Pique.
Then what about Lionel Messi? Of course Koeman intends to keep him, but Koeman's wishes are not necessarily in line with Messi's wishes.
Already Find a Substitute for Messi
Messi's contract at Barcelona actually still has one year left, this is further complicating the current situation. At least now there are two big clubs like Manchester City and PSG who are ready to buy Messi when they see a gap.
Most recently, there was news of division among Barcelona officials. Some camps want to keep Messi, while others feel it is time to let Lionel Messi go and use his sales money to rebuild the club with talented young players.
The party who intends to release Messi is also said to have decided on a replacement, namely Paulo Dybala. Barcelona is said to be ready to recruit the Juventus striker, if Messi's departure could no longer be prevented.