Barcelona can consider themselves extremely thankful to have Lionel Messi at their disposal.
Not only is he arguably the best player in the world, but you can rely on him to constantly deliver results even when the rest of the team are underperforming.
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Barca are having a successful season on paper; top of La Liga and their Champions League qualifying group – from the outside looking in, you would assume that it is business as usual for the Spanish titans.
However, in truth, performances on the pitch have been far from perfect, with inconsistency becoming a real issue for the Nou Camp outfit.
One constant, though, is the sublime brilliance of Leo Messi. After missing the opening stages of the campaign through injury, the Argentine is now very much back to his best.
He was in emphatic form again this weekend, scoring a hat-trick as Barcelona brushed aside Celta Vigo on home soil.
After the game, manager Ernesto Valverde had some things to say about his captain’s excellence (via Marca); comments that didn’t exactly go down well with the club’s supporters on Twitter…
EV you make me sick!
— Tyson Biggs (@tyson_biggs) November 10, 2019
With Leo even Valverde could look like great coach
— 3plem – Trini Barcafan (@3plem1) November 10, 2019
Messi : EV’s get out of jail card
— Farah Hukamdad (@farah71266) November 11, 2019
Really! Before you came we never knew BOTTLING was also possible with LEO. THANKS FOR SHOWING US! BACK TO BACK 3 YEARS.
— Some Guy (@ReadyToBottle) November 10, 2019
With Messi Valverde can get away with pretending to be a coach. Reason he hasn’t resigned yet is because he knows once he’s eventually let go no top team will ever come knocking because they, like the rest of us, know the truth
— ً (@_21FDJ) November 10, 2019
With valverde, we lost our hope
— Wayan Parmana (@OteTatsuya) November 11, 2019
Barcelona fans, what do you make of Valverde’s comments on Messi? Let us know below..
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