Solitude, loneliness, emptiness…Emotions that are antagonistic to those we would like to feel when losing someone special to us, but that have been provoked in thousands of people by the coronavirus.
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The best way to ease emotional pain is by sharing the hard time with others, by finding comfort in other people’s backing. Sadly, though, the worst thing about the coronavirus situation precisely is not being able to say goodbye to the loved ones and to split these emotions. With the strict, and completely justifiable, measures for social distancing, barriers have been put over feelings. Thousands of people around the world have seen how they have lost a loved member of their families, but haven’t been allowed to share their sadness with their parents, their brothers or their cousins suffering the same agony. Hugging is not permitted, attending the funeral is in most cases forbidden too, and a phone call or an exchange of looks two metres apart is an excessively empty and cruel solution.
As we grew up, we had always been said that, no matter what happened, we would always have our families by our side. However, on this occasion consolation cannot even be found on the proximity of the relatives. Togetherness, intimacy and affection have been replaced by emptiness, coldness and isolation. Most fortunate people have only had to struggle with boredom or the absence of football during quarantine and self-isolation, but, by contrast, thousands of other people have been living a nightmare not even the most fatalistic of us could have predicted. There’s no more terrifying experience than facing silence and solitude when you need others’ warmth.
Hard times for a very loved man in the Barcelona community: Pep Guardiola | Photo by David Ramos via Getty Images
And those people who have suffered the coronavirus in their own eyes are not as distant as we first imagined. As the virus first broke out, people from outside China still thought it was something too remote and faraway to affect us. Or, if not, that we were young and healthy enough to combat it. Nonetheless, reality has caught us until it has been too late. The coronavirus has been getting closer and closer. From an isolated disease, to a threat to our country, to a deadly pandemic that has arrived to our community. Some of our loved ones are already being victims of the COVID–19.
For culés, and for many football fans overall, a forever adored personality is none other than Pep Guardiola. Therefore, the news of the death of Pep’s mother, Dolors Sala Carrió, in Manresa, Barcelona, at 82 years of age after contracting coronavirus, has made us all pause for a minute. In these times of loneliness and emptiness, we must do our best to share our comfort. Like with everyone who has lost an important piece of their lives lately, we want to share our deepest condolences to Pep and his mother’s relatives and friends. If football can be something, at least, let it be a family. Let us all be united.
Rest in peace, Dolors.
Messi looks far from his best but continues to break records
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.