Writing for Betfair, Ambassador and columnist Rivaldo demands a massive game from Lionel Messi, stating that tomorrow is his chance to prove that he still loves and is committed to Barcelona.
El Clasico on Saturday is the perfect opportunity for Lionel Messi to prove he is still committed to Barcelona. He had a tough summer, and has not started the season brilliantly, but this is the perfect match to raise his game and prove that he’s still an exceptional player.Rivaldo for Betfair
A match-winning display against Madrid would boost his confidence for the remainder of the season.
These comments come on the back of a rollercoaster of a summer led by Messi’s transfer saga, when he came incredibly close to leaving the club after being here for 20 years of his life. The Argentine was on the edge of joining Manchester City, but the transfer fell through after Josep Maria Bartomeu did not let the #10 leave the club for anything less than his gargantuan €700 million release clause.
Messi finally put the rumours to bed in an interview with GOAL, where he stated that the only reason he did not drag the situation to court was because of his love for the club. Rivaldo addresses this by saying that the Argentine had a tough summer, and has not started the season brilliantly. However, El Clasico will be the perfect game for him to prove that he is still an ‘exceptional player’.
While a mammoth performance against Real Madrid will only cement his legacy as the greatest player of all time, and the best player in the world right now; an underwhelming will not dent his career, season, or even his month.
Gerard Pique appoints Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra
In an interesting turn of events, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. Sarabia served as Quique Setien’s assistant during the Spaniard’s six-month tenure at Barcelona ranging from January to August before the coaching staff was sacked for a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Pique’s Kosmos Holding Group bought Andorra, who operated in the Tercera Division – the Spain’s fourth tier, in December 2018. After raising enough funds, and going on a 22 match unbeaten run, Andorra replaced CF Reus in the Segunda Division B.
After the dismissal of Gabri Garcia following a poor run of form, Nacho Castro was appointed as the head coach. After nearly a year in-charge, on January 18, Andorra announced through a press release that Castro would not be continuing at the club. Three hours later, Eder Sarabia was appointed.
This appointment has come as a surprise to Barcelona fans considering Sarabia’s controversial tenure with the club. The Spaniard had been on the end of several heated discussion with club captain Lionel Messi, with videos releasing of the assistant shouting and cursing at the players during a game against Celta Vigo last season.
Gerard Piqué appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. https://t.co/atKA5Lv6lb— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 18, 2021
Andorra currently sit second in Group III-A of the Segunda Division B, three points clear of Barcelona B. The two are set to meet on 7th February in Round 15 of the third division. The Encamp outfit won the last meeting, held in November 2020, between the two with a goal from Carlos Martinez Rodriguez enough to scrape a 1-0 win through.