Lionel Messi was no longer hiding himself behind the velvet curtain. For the first time in years, if not the first in a career. Messi let go of the angry words at the press conference when the game ended.
Real didn’t even need a 2-1 victory over Villarreal to win La Liga in the 2019/20 season. Because Barca shot himself in the leg after losing to the opponent standing in the middle of the rankings.
Messi continues to impress when scoring from the free-kick. But that was not enough when his teammates performed disappointing football.
Messi’s anger after losing to Osasuna is just a continuation of the Argentine superstar’s behaviors and emotions for many months. Messi has been at Barca for more than 2 decades. But it has never been seen that the player is against the board, showing such constant public anger.
Finally, Messi talked about the disasters before Roma and Liverpool in the Champions League last season. It was almost two defeats that pushed coach Ernesto Valverde, the beloved Messi away.
The patience that the Argentinian superstar speaks of may not even be just for the fans. But also the words he said for himself. El Pais quoted internal Barca dressing room sources as saying Messi had never been so bored at the Camp Nou.
Spanish media did not mention directly the possibility that the Argentine superstar wanted to leave. But in football perhaps one should not say anything in advance.
Messi openly demands a change. The fans and the Catalonia club leaders need to remember the current contract of the Argentine superstar with the team will expire in June 2021.
That might be the wind of Laporta, who announced he would run for president of Barca next year, when Bartomeu’s term ended. Laporta promised to invite Pep Guardiola back to the Camp Nou.
While Victor Font, another candidate promised the return of Xavi. Candidates for the chair of Barca are actively racing as well as willing to put pressure on the current leadership team.