Will Messi be at Barca next season?

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Yeah I mean who could pay his astronomical wage and he's 32

On the other hand, it's Messi we're talking about

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Yes 8
No 0

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Monday, 10 February 2020 19:25 (four years ago) link


nxd, Monday, 10 February 2020 19:26 (four years ago) link

Actually I think players seem to be playing at a higher level for longer these days - which I assume is down to fitness levels and cracking down on career threatening tackling. Or am I imagining that?

High profile Tom D (Tom D.), Monday, 10 February 2020 19:28 (four years ago) link

cant ever see him leaving unless its like iniesta to china tbf

nxd, Monday, 10 February 2020 19:28 (four years ago) link

I keep reading about guys like Cavani and Giroud and Mertens, to name but three, all of whom are 32-33, being mentioned as transfer targets, 10 years ago they'd have been winding down their careers.

High profile Tom D (Tom D.), Monday, 10 February 2020 19:30 (four years ago) link

He'll still be at Barca. He doesn't have any intention to leave, bad managers (and board members) come and go, Messi has attained god-like status there and probably wants to run the show there himself one day. He's wielding his +7 Excalibur, is all.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 08:15 (four years ago) link

I don’t see him leaving until he decides he wants to go back to Newell’s Old Boys tbh.

ShariVari, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:24 (four years ago) link

does the average player spend longer during his career out injured these days, on the other hand?

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:28 (four years ago) link

I assume they're just taken better care off these days and not just injected with painkillers and sent out to play, thus prolonging their careers and reducing the likelihood of them being crippled with arthritis by the time they're 50.

High profile Tom D (Tom D.), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:31 (four years ago) link

i think the change in acceptable tackling has led to a change in the physiology that works best now, meaty lads dont get to the top level

and youve to factor in that probably many fewer careers are ended by injury given strides in treatments (and money in same, tbf)

but i think that the high end player is a finely-tuned specimen much more likely to tweak or otherwise injure himself these days and as a consequence they have patchier availability records

but as a kind of associated effect they play longer at higher levels

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:38 (four years ago) link

obviously he's still gonna be at Barca. according to Wilson he doesn't do any pressing work - does that mean he just isn't suited to a top PL side? Kloop/Mou wouldn't have it, city/utd would still concede silly goals if he were in the team. Messi at Arsenal would be hilarious. In conclusion, he should join the blades.

closed beta (NotEnough), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 13:04 (four years ago) link

fair point

the idea that the best player in the world has to follow a strict system seems totalitarian to me

even spurs managed to do their stuff behind jermain defoe under avb (right?) while acknowledging that he simply wasnt part of the formation or tactic off-the-ball

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 13:08 (four years ago) link

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System, Sunday, 16 February 2020 00:01 (four years ago) link

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System, Monday, 17 February 2020 00:01 (four years ago) link

messi assisted three and scored five

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Monday, 17 February 2020 00:25 (four years ago) link

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