Unrecognizable on Saturday night, during the defeat of FC Barcelona against Atlético Madrid (1-0), Lionel Messi no longer even bother to hide his discomfort on the green rectangle.
Tired of being seen as a problem at FC Barcelona, according to his own words, Lionel messi drags his spleen at having stayed in Catalonia this summer, when he had clearly expressed his wish to go elsewhere. Facing theAtlético Madrid Saturday night, on the occasion of the shock of the 10th day of La Liga, the Argentine genius delivered a performance unworthy of his immense talent and his fame.
23 lost balloons
The Barça captain lost an incalculable number of balls – 23 according to the count made by the daily AS – and delivered only 36 assists in 90 minutes. Statistics far from its usual standards, attesting to “his discomfort in the context of the club”, according to the Iberian media. Beyond the non-performance of the 33-year-old playmaker, his casual, borderline depressive attitude was hard to see.
Signs that don’t deceive
At the final whistle, the six-fold Golden Ball returned to the locker room at Wanda Metroplitano head down, without showing the slightest sign of annoyance, as if the competitor he is had thrown in the towel. As if he already had his head towards other heavens. As if he was no longer involved in the Barcelona project. At the end of his contract next June, Messi seems more than ever to be impatiently awaiting this date …
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