Lionel Messi is an unstoppable machine who continues to break records, win titles, and score clutch and gorgeous goals even during the toughest of times. Despite being 33, Messi recently went on top of the La Liga scoring charts, all after this was termed his worst season till now.
Not only is he leading the race for the Pichichi, Messi has also been named the ‘Playmaker of the Decade’ by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, or as they are better known – IFFHS. This hardly comes as a surprise given Messi’s inhuman vision and passing abilities, which have been on display for more than a decade now.
The IFFHS have been naming the Playmaker of the Year annually without fail since 2006. Lionel Messi has won this award a record-equalling four times, in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019. Kevin de Bruyne bested him for the trophy in 2020.
However, the four trophies were enough for Messi to accumulate the most points (174) over the decade. Barcelona fans are quite familiar with the runner up as well, as a certain Andres Iniesta finishes second to Leo courtesy of his three titles in this category and 127 points.
Messi’s arch nemesis, Cristiano Ronaldo, finished outside the top 10, in 12th place with 54 points – one short of Xavi Hernandez.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.