It’s been a busy day at Can Barça. First the news of Andoni Zubizaretta getting sacked followed by Carles Puyol’s announcement that he is quitting the club, apparently with the idea of moving to live in New York. On top of this it seems that Leo Messi is pissed off with Luis Enrique, this morning the Argentinian missed training, officially due to a stomach bug, though it now appears that he was unhappy at being left out of the team yesterday (the same thing happened under Pep Guardiola) then this afternoon he followed Chelsea and their players Felipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois on Instagram, sparking rumours of a possible move to the London club.
This is not the first indication that Messi may not be as happy as we’d like him to be at the club. There have been the tax problems and his recent tweet after being singled out for a urine test that suggest he feels persecuted in Spain, while last year he had his spat with director Javier Faus which shows he is not on the best terms with the current board. Press speculation that some members of the board would be in favour of selling him to then build a team around Neymar haven’t helped to calm the storm and now he’s angry over being benched in Anoeta.
Some will feel that Messi should be treated like anybody else and if he can’t accept the coach’s decisions then we would be better off with the €250 million that Chelsea or PSG would need to fork out for him. Balanced against this is the desire to watch the greatest player that ever lived continue his story at Camp Nou well into his thirties. With the current board in power and the instability surrounding the club there is an increasing danger that Messi really could leave. For me that would be a very sad day and I hope it doesn’t become a reality. I urge the board to call elections for this summer before Barça’s decline goes any further.