Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been the backbone of the club since his teenage as he rose to prominence winning El Clasico and the Balon d’Or. Leo has racked up 6 Balon D’or trophies to date and irrespective of his individual reliance the player has contributed his soul and heart for Barcelona being a one-club man. The Argentine graduated from the prestigious La Masia and Pep Guardiola nurtured him so well with his tiki-taka style of play as Barcelona won the sextuple.
Barcelona trying hard to climb up the league table
The Blaugrana is not at the same heights as before with the quality of football reducing and the players trying hard to salvage what they have at the club. Newly appointed manager Ronald Koeman tried to make a mark for himself as he made a winning start to this campaign but the last 5 games tell other stories.
Barcelona is at 8th in the league table attaining only 11 points. Koeman tried to bolster his squad in the summer transfer window but failed due to a lack of funds. Even the deadline day transfer of Memphis Depay failed due to the salary cap regulation and Barca ended up without any replacement for Luis Suarez. Lionel Messi scored a brace in Barcelona’s last match in La Liga against Real Betis. The 33-year-old scored his 5th penalty for this season and his first from an open play. He received certain criticism due to his lack of form.
Tata Martino considers comments on Messi irrelevant
Former manager Quique Setien described Leo as ‘difficult to manage’ which seems improper after his dismal run in-charge of the Catalan outfit. His team could not win any silverware last campaign and also lost to Bayern Munich to humiliation with a scoreline of 8-2. Setien was quickly relieved of his services after the quarter-final exit from the Champions League.
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Ronald Koeman did not agree with Setien’s comments but another former manager of the Catalunya side refused to react over the statement. Tata Martino managed the club for the 2013-14 season but considers his association with the club as a matter of the past, as per Mundo Deportivo. He has avoided any discussion regarding Lionel Messi as they are irrelevant to him and ‘does not matter.’ Martino says he is now the manager of Mexico and wants to look at the national side and will answer the questions accordingly. Tata rather would talk direct face-to-face than commenting over an interview.