As Lionel Messi decides between staying one more year at Barcelona or staying on strike and getting into a legal battle that could ruin his season, he knows there is no easy way out of this situation.
He can take to Instagram and tell supporters that he wanted to end his 20 years at the club with dignity, but that was not possible, so he will stay until June 2021.
But that will still leave him with the daunting task of returning to the club’s Joan Gamper training ground, passing the PCR coronavirus test, training in isolation while the results are confirmed, and then ultimately becoming the one of Ronald Koeman’s players barely two weeks after telling him. he didn’t want to play for him.
Lionel Messi set to decide to stay at Barcelona for one more year or continue his strike
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There would be an embarrassing reunion with teammates who have remained almost unanimously silent since he sent his burofax to the club telling them he now considers himself a free agent.
The captain’s question will have to be answered. It will be one thing to put the jersey back on, but the armband?
Ronald Koeman was already thinking about who could be his new fourth skipper.
Barcelona have four captains and Marc-André ter Stegen has been the favorite to join Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto. Will Messi want to return to the leadership group?
Will he want to wear the armband and address his teammates after making it clear over the past two weeks that he no longer wants to be at the club?
If Messi returns, he has serious questions about whether to remain captain
Ronald Koeman’s side trained without Messi, who boycots sessions
Koeman eyeing Marc-Andre ter Stegen (right), Gerard Pique (center) and Sergio Busquets (left) as potential new captains to usher in a new era at Camp Nou
Koeman has made no secret of his desire to only work with players who want to be at Barcelona. He said so in his presentation. So where would that leave their relationship?
The Dutch coach knows the crown is heavy. He is a Barça legend who had to navigate the last seasons of his career.
But as a manager he has built a reputation as a disciplinarian who sees players treated differently depending on who they are a weakness.
Koeman has spoken about how Messi has found his place in his new look squad. It’s a big step back from the desire of all the other coaches to build the squad around No.10.
There have been suggestions of a desire to “remove privileges from certain players”. Such whispers imply a culture of indiscipline and they point to a crackdown on Messi, seen at the club as “a separate case” for all he has accomplished.
There would be an awkward reunion with his teammates if Messi decides to return
Things will never be the same again and although Messi sees this as something he will do until June 2021, when he will leave the club this time around with no blurry lines on his legal right to do so, it could take nine months.
The elections take place next March and that could bring relief as it removes Bartomeu and his board from the presidency.
But Messi will once again be the face of the election with candidates vying to do their best with him.
He is tired of being accused of choosing which players the club signs and who is the manager.
In five months, he will be the man who chooses the next president according to the persistent accusation that he dictates what happens at the club. It will be exhausting for him to think about it.
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But think about it, that’s what he’ll do on Wednesday. Is he so upset that he will bet on the prospect of a legal battle forcing Barcelona to negotiate his transfer? Or does he give in?
Is there a possible third way he fights, but fights nicely, saying to Barcelona it’s not you, it’s me, telling them that the 8-2 at Bayern l ‘destroyed and that he should be allowed to leave for their own good as well as his. Or does he just give in?
Judging by TyC’s story in Argentina on Tuesday night, it now seems extremely difficult for him to be able to leave – at least without spending the season in court rather than on the pitch – but it won’t be easier to stay and go. make things work after all. which took place.