Thursday morning did not bring the best news for the fans of Barcelona and Lionel Messi. Afterall, an association that lasted more than two decades, officially ended at midnight when Messi’s contract with the Catalan grandee ended; practically made him a free agent and with a free will to sign with a new club.
While Barça fans are still optimistic that Messi can still sign a new contract with the club, while complying with the club’s requirements for financial fair play in one year, when the club in Catalonia suffered heavy losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Looking back, Messi has won 35 titles in 17 seasons with Barcelona. He helped the club win the Champions League four times, the Spanish League 10 times, the Copa del Rey 7 times and the Spanish Super Cup 8 times.
While at the club, Messi won a record six Golden Ball awards. He is the team’s leading goal scorer of all time with 672 goals in 778 appearances and the top scorer in the Spanish league with 474 goals in 520 games. He is also the player with the most matches with the club.
Let’s take a look at his first 10 goals for the club, rated by fans on the club’s official website.
His relationship with the club hierarchy over the past two seasons has been tumultuous, especially with former club president Josep Bartomeu; with Messi adamant to leave Barça. However, after Joan Laporta entered as new president, fans hoped Messi would stay, as the re-elected boss shared a strong bond with Messi in the past.
(With AP inputs.)