However, no matter how bad the Champions League blowout was, in some regards worse was to come. Now Lionel Messi has made it clear that he intends to leave the club just as Ronald Koeman has taken on the position of manager.
A Lionel Messi Barcelona exit would have been considering shocking news for more or less Messi’s entire career, but as Barcelona seemingly have been drifting aimlessly for some time it really should not be so surprising that Messi wants out.
There were some speculation after Russia2018 that Messi would retire from international football, however, it seems he took a step in the opposite direction, becoming even more dedication to his native Argentina.
A huge question is who can afford to sign Messi in the days of a worldwide pandemic? Another is the legal issue which has already emerged. Messi seems to think his contract gives him the opportunity to leave Barcelona on a free transfer, while the club seems to have made clear that this possibility expired weeks ago already.
The transfer deal of what many think is the best footballer of the last decade can easily turn into a sour legal drama.