The Blaugrana played another significant role in Barcelona’s domestic double last season but has knocked away all the talks of the club’s dependence on him for glory
Lionel Messi is coming to World Cup on the back of a stellar campaign with Barcelona. Not only did he lift the domestic double, but also played an unprecedented role behind it. He finished the season with 45 goals and laying off 14 assists, whilst also picking up his 5th European Golden Boot in the process, a new record.
Messi accounted for 44% of Barcelona’s 99 goals in the league, and this has led many to believe the side’s dependence on his genius. Vexed at such talks, the Argentine ace has rubbished it all and emphasized on the whole team’s efforts in bringing glory to the club, not his alone.
While speaking to the Spanish media outlet Diario Sport he said, “It’s crazy [to say] that the best club in the world depends on just one player. If that’s the case, something’s being done wrong because Barcelona have [too many] great players to say that they depend on just one.”
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was the best player for Barcelona last season by a mile, as Luis Suarez blew hot and cold while most of the new arrivals spent their time acclimatizing to the surroundings. But at several points in the season, others have stepped up too and Messi doesn’t want to undermine the collective efforts. “We’re talking about top-level players, the best in the world, and it’s crazy to say that Barcelona have Messi-dependence,” he further added.
Messi will be in action for Argentina in Russia, hoping to add that one medal to his bulging collection, he so desperately craves for.
It’s true Messi had the biggest role to play in Barcelona’s domestic success last season. But to suggest the team relies only on Messi to bail them out isn’t totally appropriate. He indeed was the get out of jail free card on numerous occasions, but several other Barcelona players including some of the new signings, played their part, even if it is too small compared to Messi.