Barcelona’s over-dependence on Lionel Messi has been exposed in recent weeks.
Barcelona emerged 2-0 victors over Getafe on Saturday, but the club’s problems are far from over as the Champions League beckons.
It’s not for nothing that the 32-year-old has been their top scorer in all but one competition since 2008/09.
Messi is a gem!
Like Cristiano Ronaldo, he has had to adapt his style of play over the past few years as his body begins to slow down, but he is still capable of scoring from a range of positions and creating chances that others just don’t see.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner – who was recognised with FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award earlier this month, much to the surprise of Virgil van Dijk admirers around the world – still has an impressive knack for scoring goals outside the box.
In fact, according to Opta, Messi has struck the back of the net from outside the area more than any other player in the top five European leagues dating back to the 2007/08 season.
The breakdown looks like this:
The only player with a higher possiblity of catching up with him is none other than C. Ronaldo, but he finds himself 15 goals behind the Argentinian.