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Effective leadership of Messi: If you want to be followed, give credit not blame.

Maha Naeem Khan



Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images

Lionel Messi’s effective leadership has been representing the Catalans for years now with pride and loyalty. He is not only the greatest footballer but arguably one of the best leaders any team could desire for. Messi’s personification of self-confidence and his perpetual attempts to backing the team is nonpareil. The Blaugrana captain is a leader who plays with the heart on his sleeves. No matter how crucial the circumstances were, he has proven himself to be the strength of the Catalans. During the club’s instability, merry-go-rounds of transfers and constantly increasing managerial issues; Leo’s leadership qualities remained static. 

One-man show within a team

The Argentine is an industrious forwarder who is nevertheless a key asset for FC Barcelona but at the same time: he is the best Captain as well. He has been lifting the club on his shoulders reaching to the heights of success for quite a while now. However, besides being a one-man show, Messi never took credit for the games FC Barcelona won because of his efforts alone. He has performed tirelessly to win trophies and set an example of effective leadership.

During Messi’s captaincy, FC Barcelona has won many titles and trebles. The majority of them were possible because of the magic show by this crazed-runner striker. Yet, the talisman never took pride, left his performance aside, and continued motivating his team to do better.

Initially, the Barcelona superstar wasn’t as vocal as he is now. But that didn’t make him a weak leader as on various occasions he displayed effective leadership traits. The recent one was his reaction to Abidal’s comments followed by the whole Board Saga.

Give credit, not blame

In recent times, the whole team was crunched and Messi was found battling alone relentlessly to win the match. Even then, he ends up giving the credit to the whole team for the victory. This became a problem for the Catalans lately as the whole team relies on their Messiah to win the match. In a way, this has affected the team productivity to a great extent. Despite that, the Captain never complained about the team’s overall bad performance. Instead, he always carried his legacy gracefully not blaming the teammates, no matter how disappointing circumstances were. This attitude of not whining over the team’s poor performance and looking forward to the ways to improve showed Messi’s effective leadership throughout the years.

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Focused on team goals, rather than personal achievements

Messi is enriched with passion, guts, and determination. Without a doubt, he is a fearless leader and a tremendous captain. His priority has always been his team’s overall objectives and ways to let the club grow and move forward. People can vouch for his ability to put personal achievements aside and focus on the team goals invariably. Being one of the greatest footballers of all-times, La Pulga has won uncountable individual awards for performing exceptionally good. However, he never let personal preferences overshadow the aims of FC Barcelona. According to him;

“When the year starts the objective is to win it all with the team, personal records are secondary.”

– Lionel Messi


Some people underestimate the impact of giving credit to their fellowmen and teammates. Lionel Messi’s life is an epitome of moral and ethical values. People envy him and at the same time, they wish to be like him. By giving credit to others he made himself look like a bigger person. He always has a goal to recognize the accomplishments of his team. His motto seems to be ‘Neither blame nor take credit. This is the reason why a lot of people follow him blindly. He has gained the trust of his teammates and other footballers by trusting in their abilities in the first place.

In today’s world, the winning-mentality and sense of achievement take over one’s moral and ethical values. Blame games never lead a person anywhere. Messi has set an example of a leader who is sacrosanct. This gives us a lesson for becoming an effective leader and how to be followed. A leader whose words become too important to be trifled with and instructions are too valued to neglect! 

Being an occasional painter, I admire art and colors. When I first saw Lionel Messi spreading his spectrum of colours on the canvas of Camp Nou, I fell in love. Barcelona was the first club I was ever introduced to and I ended up becoming an overly emotional Barca fan. Watching them play is a distraction for me from the chaotic world outside and writing about them is a distraction from the diverse emotions inside the world of FC Barcelona.



Messi looks far from his best but continues to break records

Maha Naeem Khan



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Lionel Messi continues to break records despite coming close to the twilight of his career, making fans jump in the match against Ferencvaros. Every football fan knows that for the Argentine, team performance is more pivotal than personal acclamation. However, lately, Barcelona’s talisman was struggling a lot in the new system. Just when the fans were about to believe that the alien magic might never happen as part of Ronald Koeman’s Barca – it happened.

The abysmal start of this season showed a lack of thrill in Barcelona’s captain under Barcelona’s new boss. The speculations had already begun that the relatively cold Messi-Koeman relationship will affect both the captain and the overall team’s performance. These conjectures got more hype when Messi magic failed in La Liga’s four matches so far.

Slow start of the season

While struggling in a new role, Lionel Messi was able to score only one goal, which too was from a penalty. It is needless to say that the key caveat behind this was Argentine staying at Camp Nou against his will.

His performance in the league raised questions over his passion, and his keenness to be a part of the team anymore. Fans predicted that Messi would not be able to blossom under the new coach’s tactics. It was not about physical and technical challenges the talisman was mentally struggling too.

Messi looked to struggle initially. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

During this chaos, things got worse when the forward failed to save Barcelona from Getafe as they fell 1-0 to the Madrid outfit in La Liga on Saturday. This defeat was the final nail in the coffin full of opinions that the best ever is not dedicated enough to save the Catalans anymore.

When the Blaugrana’s savior is constantly struggling in new positions and the overall team’s atmosphere is woeful, it is natural to lose hope. However, whenever the world doubted the king, he has proven it wrong. Thus, the talisman’s loyalists kept praying for the miracle.

Tuesday night came with that long-awaited miracle. Barcelona’s superstar continues to break records, stealing the headlines. He once again managed to prove the world wrong in a 5-1 victory game against Ferencvaros in the Champions League.

3 Records in 90 minutes

Lionel Messi had the fans and the opposition both left in eye-gazing awe, as he broke three records in a single game against Ferencvaros.

Barcelona’s captain opened the scoring from a penalty while leading the team on the four other occasions. Back in 2005, at the age of 18, Messi scored his first goal in the Champions League, and as now equalled Ryan Giggs’ record for scoringi in 16 seasons straight.

Messi also further pushed his own record of scoring the most goals in the Champions League group stages by scoring his 69th goal yesterday, pushing him six ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is second in this list.

Additionally, with his goal, Ferencvaros became Messi’s 36th victim team in Champions League. He was previously the record holder at 35 games, which makes it even more bizarre.

Three records down in one game – just Leo Messi things. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Barca boss admitted before the game that their superstar is struggling and could do better. However, Koeman’s prediction came true when he was full of praise for the Argentine after the game.

All these records add to the impressive Champions League collection of Lionel Messi. Putting the records aside, his performance during this match was pleasing to see. This game came as a signal that the curse has been broken and good things are on their way. Now, this can be further strengthened against Real Madrid this weekend.

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