Thursday morning did not carry the very best of stories for Barcelona and Lionel Messi followers. Afterall, an affiliation that final over twenty years formally ended at midnight when Messi’s contract with the Catalan giants got here to an finish; successfully making him a free agent and at free will to signal with a brand new membership.
While Barca followers are nonetheless optimistic that Messi may nonetheless signal a brand new contract with the membership whereas retaining in line with membership’s requirement of economic honest play in a yr when the Catalunya membership suffered heavy losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Looking again, Messi received 35 titles in 17 seasons with Barcelona. He helped the membership win the Champions League 4 instances, the Spanish league 10 instances, the Copa del Rey 7 instances and the Spanish Super Cup 8 instances.
While with the membership, Messi earned himself a report six Ballon d’Or awards. He is the workforce’s all-time main scorer with 672 goals in 778 appearances, and the top scorer in the Spanish league with 474 goals in 520 matches. He is also the participant with most matches with the membership.
Let’s do check out his top 10 goals for the membership as rated by followers at membership’s official web site.
His relationship with the membership hierarchy in the final two seasons was turbulent, particularly with former membership president Josep Bartomeu; with Messi adamant on quitting Barca. However, with Joan Laporta coming in as the brand new president, followers have been hopeful Messi will keep because the re-elected chief shared a robust bond with Messi in the previous.
(With inputs from AP.)