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Luis Enrique comments on Lionel Messi’s situation

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Yesterday, Lionel Messi made it official that he is staying at FC Barcelona for at least one more year. Luis Enrique, former Barça coach currently managing the Spanish national team, commented on Messi’s situation at the Catalan club.

“Messi has made Barça amazingly better over the years but I would have liked it if a friendly agreement had been reached.”

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Even though the Spanish coach is happy about the best football player on earth staying in Barcelona, he added that sooner or later, Messi would have to leave the club:

“Sooner or later, Messi will leave Barcelona. Barcelona will continue winning titles without Messi and Messi will continue to be a mesmerizing player.”

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Everyone has some kind of passion. For me, it is FC Barcelona. I started to write stories about the club I support in 2017, and have been lucky enough to be part of such a wonderful team.

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Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons

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At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.

According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.

And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.

Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.

When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.

But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.

Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.

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