08/05/2021 4:32 PM
Updated 08/05/2021 4:37 PM
It is not a war nor is it a death nor is it the end of the world, but Messi is leaving Barça. After the most recent squabbles
after a marriage that was happy
and that before had been an exciting adolescent love, the best player in the world, privileged follower of the exploits of Ladislao Kubala or Johan Cruyff, the author of a legend of goals and passes and pranks that astonished the whole world, leaves the path where football that was pronounced before in Argentine, for example, walked like his majesty, and that now even has the accent of the silences of this golden ball that this Thursday, it seems being, he
was inconsolable as a boyfriend who did not believe the outcome
As in all the suspensions of affection, this one of Messi and Barça
has an air of spite
, in this case in one direction. The Laporta who pampered him so much, and who believed he would assist him so that his pampering would make old passions green, is the one who now signs the sentimental settlement, which detaches the glory of the glue that had joined the club and the footballer as he did with other figures in the past , including Pepe Guardiola. This was the one who understood it best. With Messi, everyone followed Barça's trail as a religion whose ultimate god was precisely the one who just left.
The core of the
in its relationship with its best contemporary son reached its peak with two misfortunes, the disaster in Lisbon, when Bayern took away the legacies of history from Barça and beat it 2-8 to the shame of the club. squad, fans and president Bartomeu; the other misfortune was Bartomeu himself, who not only ignored that the footballer needed to enter, as a human being, the intensive care unit that everyone who suffers must have available to overcome such misfortune.
That misfortune was not only Barça, the footballers, the fans and, to attribute something to it, the board.
That was a misfortune of football, because a failure under those circumstances was also a misfortune of this sport, which is made by gathering figures like this, rather than players, leaders of the future of the game.
Apart from that growing clumsiness of the Bartomeu era, and the promising presence of Laporta at the helm of Barcelona that Koeman now trains, Messi has encountered
an aesthetic obstacle that he has not been able to bear
The patches that the legendary Dutch defense put on were not enough to get Barça out of the pandemic of its slow death, so it signed without enthusiasm a season that seemed that of a fish without gills, exposed to any scare that came from the LaLiga squad. .
Under those circumstances, Messi's star, that is, his smile on the pitch, which so often communicated with his gratitude to his grandmother every time he scored a goal,
like a grimace from the melancholic Chaplin. And
nobody was able to give vitamins to the club or its giant
To support this succession of misfortunes was, on loan,
the bureaucracy of the happy Spanish League
, which filled a club lacking in vigor even to blow candles with strenuous forms.
In the midst of that madness of dimes and diretes, painful family brawls, the pampering of Barcelona was not enough, because the footballer, to give him a hug, had to be registered.
And what happened, this historic afternoon in August, is that, as the Argentines say, Messi is no longer at Barça.
He will be reborn as a rosary flower in any club in the world, who knows now how many will be contesting it tonight;
he has left behind a legend, who will continue in other directions, and leaves behind goals and tears.
Tears like goals that now darken as he says "I'm not going, I'm gone."
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