After winning the Copa America 2021 title, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is set to sign a new contract with Barcelona. The 34-year-old’s current contract with Blagrana expired at the end of last month, prompting much speculation about his future.
Lionel Messi It is, however, keen to extend his stay with the club and lead it through a transitional phase under Dutch manager Ronald Koemann.
During his illustrious Barcelona career, Lionel Messi has played 778 games and scored an extraordinary 672 goals in all competitions. Messi has helped Barcelona win ten La Ligas, seven Copa del Rey and four Champions Leagues during his 17 years with the club.
The forward has been Barcelona’s talisman for nearly two decades and still has the quality and ability to take the club to silverware in the near future.
Barcelona have spent huge sums of money over the years signing superstars with partner Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou. These superstars have often forged great partnerships with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has helped Barcelona win the trophy.
However, these players have at times overshadowed the talent of Lionel Messi. The six-time La Liga Best Player winner is undoubtedly Barcelona’s mainstay. Barcelona’s attacks usually revolve around the Argentine forward, which has prompted the club to buy players who help bring out the best from Messi.
Many players have been unable to stay under Lionel Messi’s shadow, and have therefore sought to move away from the club. On that note, let’s take a look at five players who were beaten by Lionel Messi at Barcelona:
#5 Antoine Griezmann