Alejandro Balde Said to Be Unhappy About Not Playing in Barcelona’s Game vs Atletico Madrid

Alejandro Balde Said to Be Unhappy About Not Playing in Barcelona’s Game vs Atletico Madrid

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at December 4, 2023 at 1:00 PM
  • Alejandro Balde was reportedly unhappy at not featuring in Barcelona's clash against Atletico Madrid
  • The young left-back watched the defending La Liga champions defeat the Madrid side from the bench
  • Balde is considered one of the brightest left-backs in the world but is displeased at not being utilised

Barcelona left-back, Alejandro Balde was reportedly angry at not playing a single minute in his team's narrow 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Balde has been Barcelona's first-choice left-back all season, but Xavi Hernandez opted not to play the 20-year-old on Sunday, December 3.

Alejandro Balde, Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez, Atletico Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Joao Cancelo, Diego Simeone
Alejandro Balde is seen as Jordi Alba's successor but is reportedly unhappy with a lack of game time. Photo by Alex Caparros.
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Xavi decided to go with the experienced Joao Cancelo in the left-back spot since it was a huge game. This means centre-back, Jules Koude started at left back while Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen started at centre-back.

According to journalist, Gerard Romero via Barca Universal, Balde was not happy after warming up for a long time and never coming on as a substitute to play. He then went straight to the dressing room after the final whistle.

The youngster has made 18 appearances in all competitions this season for Barcelona and has started 13 of those games. He was left on the bench in two games, both in La Liga, per Transfermarkt.

Many Barcelona fans consider Balde as the successor to Jordi Alba, who left the club a few years ago.

Barcelona fans react to Balde's unhappiness

Many Barcelona fans were not happy with the report that Balde was unhappy after the Atletico match. Here are some of their reactions.


"He should use this as a motivation to step up."


"He can’t play every match! Your time will come buddy."


"He has to prove that he is good enough to start."


"This is actually good for him whether he likes it or not. He's only 19 and playing too many games at this age can only hurt you. And he's already played so many games last season and this season. We don't want to make the same mistakes like we did with pedri and gavi."


"The hype is still on him we can still get 70m off him."

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Balde lauds Okocha for skills

Sports Brief previously reported on Balde calling Jay Jay Okocha the best dribbler, despite being an admirer of Lionel Messi

The Spanish defender opted for the legendary Nigerian ex-footballer as his ultimate dribbler when listing his dream team.

The Super Eagles legend is widely known for his dribbling ability and is rated as one of the best in the history of the game.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.