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Celebrating a year of ‘Messix’

Aaryan Parasnis

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The 26th of May marks another very special day in Leo Messi’s glittering career. Labelled ‘Messix’ by the fans, the Barça superstar secured an unprecedented 6th Golden Boot award. An honour bestowed upon the top goalscorer across Europe. With 36 goals in the league, the diminutive Argentine won a hotly contested race stretching all the way to May 2019, between him and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe scored an impressive 33 goals but Messi pulled clear on the final La Liga matchday of the season. He scored a brace in the 2-2 draw against Eibar, rewriting his name once again into the history books.

Messi was already the only player to hold 5 European Golden Boots. Even more impressively however, this was the third year running that he stamped his name over the prestigious prize. With a tally of 36 league goals, he also crossed the 50 goal mark across all competitions for the sixth time in his stellar career.

“Without my teammates I wouldn’t have scored any goals, this is for everyone, it’s a recognition for the whole team”

Messi in his acceptance speech during the award ceremony

Humble as ever in his speech. The little genius was handed the award by his children in October 2019 at the Antiga Fabrica Estrella Dam in a heartwarming ceremony. Nearly a decade after securing his first Golden Boot, he held his sixth. Another historic piece to add to the collection of his countless laurels. History maker extraordinaire, he is truly greatness personified.

It was the great César Luis Menotti who once said that "to be a footballer means being a privileged interpreter of the feelings and dreams of many, many people". This quote has stuck with me since my childhood when football first caught my attention. My interest in football developed from a hobby to an emotion embedded into every fibre of my being. Football and Barça became my life. I spend every waking moment thinking about football and my sentimentality towards FC Barcelona is a catalyst. The world's most popular sport is a universal language that unites everyone who loves it and, to me, writing about football is being able to transmit that language in my own way.

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Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Photo by xJoaquinxCorcherox

This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.

But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.

He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.

However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.

Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.

After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.

Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.

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