It is no secret that Lionel Messi is way past his prime in the Catalonian club. A humiliating defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, has raised several questions for FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi. Most notably, how much more can the Argentine offer.
As much as a transfer is hyped around Lionel Messi every season, it’s not a realistic one. We simply can not imagine Messi playing elsewhere. In addition, if Messi ever wanted to leave Barcelona, the correct time was 2 years ago. Currently, in his thirties, Messi simply can not take the risk of exploring new pastures. Besides, he is well settled in Barcelona with his family. He will end his career in Catalonia.
Messi’s goal involvement for Barcelona
The one positive note for all the Messi fans is that Messi has not stopped being involved in Barcelona goals. The Argentine was directly involved in 30 goals and 25 assists this season. He may not be scoring as much as he used to, but is still an unbelievable talent. Barcelona can still turn things around before Messi hangs up his boots.
Estimating the seasons Messi has left in him for Barcelona
Messi will definitely not be retiring till he wins another Champions League. Barcelona should understand that Messi cannot afford any wastage of time. They need some instant impact manager and signings. Mauricio Pochetino can play an interim role if Xavi Hernandez still does not feel ready. In Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati, Barcelona are already looking at potential Messi of the future. Thus, Barcelona should subtly start the shifting of the bacon moment from Messi to the other youngsters. Messi will only perform well if his team can look after itself. With Xavi and Iniesta, Messi did not have to come so deep in midfield as he does now. Messi can at this rate perform well for two seasons at the max. He can stay for up to 5 more seasons, doing his little Magic tricks here and there. But, Barcelona seriously need to start worrying about replacing their 50 goals and assist scorer.
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