The Argentine striker, who spent several years at the Spanish club, lived incredible and glorious moments. Let's review some of the best .
After the confirmation of the institution, it remains to be seen what will be the fate of one of the best players in history. Photo: Reuters
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Leer en español: Los mejores momentos de Lionel Messi en el FC Barcelona
The world of soccer is shocked . The announcement of the non-renewal of Lionel Messi by the culé team was something that nobody imagined , although there were certain indications that it could happen at the end of the transfer season. After the confirmation of the news by the institution, it remains to be seen what will be the fate of one of the best players in history.
It turns out that, after 16 years, Messi will not continue playing at the club, due to "economic and contractual obstacles" that prevented the link from being extended. This announcement signifies the end of an era that made FC Barcelona one of the most popular teams on the planet . Let's review the best moments between Messi and this team.
Messi and FC Barcelona: a love story that came to an end
He came to FC Barcelona in 2000. This happened because FC Barcelona agreed to pay for the treatment of a hormonal disease that Newell's Old Boys could not afford . After dazzling the team at the club's Youth Academy , he made his official debut at age 16 in November 2003 , in a friendly match against Porto.
At that stage, he alternated matches with the official team and Barcelona B. Later, in 2004, he made his debut in an official match in the First Division against RCD Español , at the age of 17. He became one of the youngest of the Blaugrana quarry to reach the first team and step on the playing field.
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Messi began to show a great level. From the 2006-2007 season, it was already seen that he was a completely explosive player and fully established himself with the club's starting team. For the 2008-2009 season, already with Pep Guardiola, things would change: he would become the best player in the world .
El 2 de mayo de 2009, se jugó un partido que marcó la carrera de dos ídolos del Barcelona. Uno, en la cancha, Lionel Messi. El otro, desde la raya, el entrenador Josep Guardiola. Un partido que cambio, para muchos, la forma de ver el fútbol.— El 10 (@MessInvicto) February 15, 2021
ABRO HILO pic.twitter.com/jg3yv97kkN
During that season, they achieved the historic treble, as it became the team that managed to win everything during one season . From that moment on, a succession of conquests would begin, both locally and internationally. With that same coach, he managed to win the third UEFA Champions League, in 2010-2011 .
For the next stage, it was an absolute record. Although he did not achieve the "orejona", he finished the season as the top scorer in the league in Spain, with 50 goals , an absolute record. After some seasons with high yields, but without important conquests on an international scale, another pivotal moment would arrive.
???? Con la salida de Messi ya no queda nada de la MSN, una de las delanteras más legendarias del Barcelona en los últimos años pic.twitter.com/3m26lSibts— Diario AS (@diarioas) August 5, 2021
From the 2014-2015 season, the “MSN” would start, the historical name of the Barcelona club's forward, made up of Messi, Suárez and Neymar . In that same season, he would rise again the UEFA Champions League trophy and would obtain the second triplet of all his history, also a record in the club.
In all the following seasons, they fought in local competitions, but did not lift a European title again. However, Messi's level was high enough to never cease to be in the elite and to be, indisputably, the best player in the entire Spanish League.
Lionel Messi como jugador del FC Barcelona:— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) August 5, 2021
➤ 672 goles (RÉCORD).
➤ 268 asistencias (RÉCORD).
➤ 778 partidos (RÉCORD).
➤ 35 títulos (RÉCORD).
➤ 6 Balones de Oro (RÉCORD).
➤ 6 Botas de Oro (RÉCORD).
➤ 8 Pichichis (RÉCORD).
La máxima leyenda culé.
SE VA EL MÁS GRANDE. pic.twitter.com/fagvWKmdMA
The truth is that Messi left as the player with the most titles in the history of the culé team . In addition to being the top scorer of all time in La Liga, with 444 goals in total, and obtained 35 trophies. Here is the detailed one:
- 10 leagues (2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18 and 2018-19)
- 4 UEFA Champions League (2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2014-15)
- 7 King's Cups (2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2020-2021)
- 3 Club World Cups (2009, 2011 and 2015)
- 8 Spanish Super Cups (2005-06, 2006-07, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2016-17 and 2018-19)
- 3 European Super Cups (2009-10, 2011-12 and 2015-16).
Without a doubt, one of the most important players in history. FC Barcelona will miss him!