Cesar Luis Menotti on Messi Departure from Barcelona and its impact on the club
It's not a secret that Messi's departure from Barcelona and his arrival in Paris Saint Germain causes a huge uproar worldwide. Many important figures in the football world gave their opinion, and one of them was Cesar Luis Menotti. The former Argentinian Barcelona coach team and world champion with the Argentine National Team in 1978.
His take on this saga is quite simple and yet gives a criticism that, to me, is interesting that may be felt by some of the Barcelona fans right now...
“I will not be interested in this Barcelona without Messi”
In dialogue with Super Deportivo Radio by Radio Villa Trinidad, the former coach expressed his opinion regarding Lionel’s decision to leave the institution that welcomed him for 21 years: “It is his decision, that he was free to do so. Because he did not have a signed contract to fulfill. As happens on other occasions when you have to wait for a club to sell you. Logically, the sadness was noted for leaving a place that saw him born, because Messi in football is more Catalan than Rosario, sure it took a lot to leave, but it leaves me calm that he had the opportunity to choose where he wants to go. Later if he was wrong or not, but this decision was made by him, it is because he is convinced. He is leaving a place where he won everything, he is well-loved, but it is a personal decision. “
In turn, Menotti also added about how he sees the future of the club without Messi
-The clubs keep insisting. Clubs are sustained by the relationship with the people. The players pass, they will suffer and miss it. Barcelona will have to show that Barcelona is still Barcelona because Messi will surely continue to be Messi, what I don’t know is if Barcelona will be able to achieve what they achieved with Messi. That will be a matter of their analysis. They are institutions that are above institutions-
Menotti mentioned names like Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, and Messi that another one will come
He also expressed that Barcelona began to “play badly” since the departure of Pep Guardiola and that Messi “saved” the team, “I will not be interested in this Barcelona without Messi”, continued the Rosario, who made it clear that the style proposed by Ronald Koeman does not seem attractive to him, much less his players. “Surely the Spanish League is not going to attract me as it attracted me to see Guardiola and Luis Enrique’s Barcelona. After that Barcelona, I wouldn’t have seen him anymore, but Messi always saved him.“
In addition, he said that, although Messi was sad at the farewell press conference, “What worries me the most is that Messi is happy. And if you are wrong happiness does less damage when the decision is made by you. Here he decided everything. He is going to miss everything about Barcelona, but he will surely be happy when he plays again. He is going to compete in a team where he has many Argentine friends. Neymar is a friend of him.“
So what do you think is any of you share his sympathy?