Barcelona’s Benefit: How Messi’s Move to Miami Will Positively Impact the Club

Barcelona’s Benefit: How Messi’s Move to Miami Will Positively Impact the Club

Ero Samson
June 8, 2023 at 12:08 PM
  • Lionel Messi announced he was joining MLS side Inter Miami
  • Barcelona were keen on reuniting with their former captain
  • Barcelona had gotten the green light from La Liga to sign the Argentine

The Lionel Messi love story with Barcelona is definitively over. That door has been slammed firmly shut and the sooner curlers move on and look forward, the better.

It was always just a romantic notion that he would come back to the club, and can anyone honestly say that they believed it was going to happen? At least this way, his legacy is preserved.

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Barcelona had gotten the green light from La Liga to sign Lionel Messi. Image: Xavier Bonilla.
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It wouldn’t have been the same and if Leo was unable to bring about further success, who is to say that his name wouldn’t have been tarnished in the eyes of those watching him every week?

In his interview with Mundo Deportivo, He’s even admitted to wanting to get away from the pressures of it all.

With the World Cup now won too he has nothing left to prove in the game, and a move back to Barcelona may have meant he would’ve needed to do just that.

It was clear that Xavi wanted him back so he will now have to rethink how the team will set up in the new season.

Messi’s decision, Barcelona’s gain

There are significant improvements that need to be made, and with the potential financial windfall, Xavi can except now that Messi isn’t on his way back, there’s no reason why the club can’t go for a best-in-class Sergio Busquets replacement, as well as strengthening well in other areas.

La Liga was won at a canter with the team they had, so let’s see Xavi’s mettle as a coach in 2023-24 without the buffer of Messi propping the team up.

Joan Laporta’s role in this soap opera appears to have been much the same as it was in 2021 - smokes and mirrors.

It’s become abundantly clear that Barca were not even close to signing their former No.10, despite Laporta’s public proclamations, and to that end, the president is starting to make quite a name for himself.

Even Gerard Pique in a report by Goal had publicly asked the question as to why the club still need to sell players given that he, Busquets and Jordi Alba have moved on.

Things were definitely bad, but just how bad are they at this point?

To that end, not bringing Messi home makes perfect sense. Why continue to mortgage the future for the sake of a few decent commercial deals?

Once Barcelona moves back to the New Camp Nou, a full-house farewell in the first match to be played in the new stadium is the perfect way to recognise Messi’s contribution to the club.

Barcelona’s Statement on Messi’s Transfer

Earlier Sports Brief reported Barcelona’s action following Lionel Messi’s transfer announcement.

The Spanish club released an official statement, stating their stance on the Messi transfer scenario.

Messi won 35 major honours as a Barcelona player, including 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies.

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Samson Ero is an experienced sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry
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