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Time for Messi to leave shambolic Barcelona

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Messi was unable to do anything as Barcelona struggled to yet another game as Quique Setien returned to his old stomping ground.

Messi has already made a lot of headlines for all the wrong reasons after the club captain hit out at Eric Abidal for openly criticizing players during the last few moments of Ernesto Valverde’s reign as the Blaugrana boss.

Valverde was sacked by the club despite them sitting on top of the league standings. New manager, Setien however, has been unable to maintain the club’s current course with the reigning champions finding it difficult to string together a run of good results.

The 3-2 win against Real Betis was another poor display under new management as Barcelona failed to convince.

Throughout the current campaign, Messi has been called upon time and time again to get his team out of difficult situations. However, this is something that has potentially taken its toll over the club legend who might be thinking if it really is worth staying at a club that has literally started going backwards.

Gone are the days when the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta or Pedro would share his burden. In the absence of Luis Suarez, the Argentine has been put under a lot of pressure to carry this team that is no longer good enough to retain its La Liga crown.

Granted that Setien’s arrival would change things but it is clear that the veteran tactician would need time to get his message across. From a fan’s perspective, Setien’s take on football looks more and more whimsical and speak less about the harsh realities of the game.

Messi on the other hand, is now looking more and more like a player who is wondering if the grass is greener on the other side.

Reports claim that a clause in his contract allows him to leave the club for free this summer. And it also appears that Manchester City could take advantage of all the uncertainty around Camp Nou.

The Argentine tactician would definitely love to be reunited with Pep Guardiola, a man who played a crucial role in making him the player he is today.

Moreover, with Barcelona no more looking towards getting talent out from La Masia, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Messi seeking a move to a club where he can start believing in a project.

We admit that Barcelona are a club in transition but there remains a distinct possibility that the process may well start without their legendary forward to light the way.