According to El Pais, Lionel Messi is currently worried about FC Barcelona. Messi’s main worry is that he doesn’t have a competitive team. He does not mind taking a pay cut and joining a team that is more balanced than Barça.
Although Barça has the squad with the second-youngest average age in La Liga (26.4) behind Real Sociedad (26.2), the team’s backbone is over 30-years-old: Piqué (33), Alba (31), Busquets (31), Suárez (33) and Messi (33).
Earlier, Barça president Josep Bartomeu stated that “he has no doubts that Messi will renew”. Also, Manchester City coach and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola also “wants Messi to stay at FC Barcelona”.
? — When Arthur joined Barça, Lionel Messi considered him the best signing of the season. Messi had told that the Brazilian 'reminds him of Xavi'. pic.twitter.com/z7aRXKFsdH— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) June 28, 2020
However, as things stand, Messi no longer feels connected to the club. The institutional mess, Bartomeu, and lack of competitiveness have pushed him further away from Camp Nou.
It would be splashy to say that the Argentine will leave Barcelona, but one thing is clear: it will not be easy to renew his contract under the team’s current environment and the club’s stance.
Source: El Pais
Video: Barcelona vs Alavés — Match Preview
Barcelona take on Alavés in Matchday 6 of La Liga Santander, following a wonderful display and victory over Juventus midweek, in the Champions League. But Ronald Koeman’s side have already dropped big points in the league this season, and know that anything other than 3 points against the Basque outfit would be disastrous for our title aspirations.
This should be another good opportunity for Barça to showcase their abilities once more and build on that performance against Juventus, as Alavés are a considerably weaker side to the sort of opposition that the Catalans have had to face so far this campaign.
Having said that, Pablo Machín’s men will try and make life difficult for Barça, similar to what Getafe did, and Alavés will feel confident that with the right sort of game-plan, they can make Koeman’s side slip up in La Liga once more.