Lionel Messi And His Barcelona Goodbye: Angel or demon?

Sergio Ramos' thoughts on Lionel Messi's exit from Barcelona say it all about the situation. As the Argentinian battles with Barcelona, believing he can leave for free, while the club insists a 700 million euro fee is the only way to release him from his contract, the Real Madrid captain shared his take."He's earned the right to decide, I don't know if he's doing it in the best way," Ramos said. He made it clear that he believes Barcelona should not make his exit difficult but leaving a little doubt about whether he was taking the right approach. Is Messi an angel or a demon, a victim, or the culprit, within his rights or privileged, poorly treated star or a diva? For the first time, there is criticism of the No.10 from Barcelona fans after having always been untouchable, at least in public. Many defend Messi as if they were human shields, eternally grateful for his play, against Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board. Meetings between Lionel's representative and father Jorge and Bartomeu have not solved anything yet.

Lionel Messi And His Barcelona Goodbye: Angel or demon?


Angel

"All my support, my friend," was the simple tweet from Carles Puyol that was the first sign of support as news emerged about a burofax being sent to the club, indicating Messi would leave for free thanks to a release clause, earning applause emoji reply from Luis Suarez. Some argue that Messi's history at the club means he has a valid argument to use the clause to leave for free at the end of the season as it was intended. He wants a winning project and at the age of 33, he knows that Barcelona is not in a condition to build that project in the short term. It won't be the case that he didn't warn anyone, as Bartomeu admitted he could leave for free at the end of this season following his last contract extension. His defense is a direct attack on Bartomeu, with all candidates in the March elections making their stances clear as Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa, Emili Rousaud, and Victor Font have supported Jordi Farre's vote of no confidence. With every decision, this board has been pushing Messi out is what critics claim, with poor sporting decisions, bad signings, unable to bring Neymar back, an accumulation which has led to Messi becoming disillusioned.

Demon

Messi's critics are in the minority and are less active in the press, with only Joan Gaspart coming out to criticize him publicly among the highest-profile figures."He shouldn't forget that members love the club more than the player," Gaspart said."I don't understand that he's leaving, well, yes, I do understand it, because I know these moves by footballers well."We all want him to stay in Barcelona, he doesn't want to stay? What's up? The millions of fans who want him to stay aren't enough? Doesn't he think Barcelona has made him who he is today?"As much as Messi has given to Barcelona, many argue that the club has given him just as much with the world's best contract and taking him to the very top of world football, unlike Argentina. Messi is Messi because of Barcelona, winning all of his Ballon d'Or awards in their colors for his performances with his club, rather than his country. Critics also say that a player who has been at the club for 20 years and is club captain should behave differently. A first contract signed on a napkin when Lionel's family were looking for a chance in life is some contrast to a burofax saying he'll leave for free after the biggest humiliation the club has ever had in Europe. Can you imagine Francesco Totti doing that to Roma? A captain who has not spoken or apologized since that devastating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, but has lost support for his way of demanding an exit. Messi's fury with Bartomeu can easily be mistaken for fury with Barcelona.

Lionel Messi And His Barcelona Goodbye: Angel or demon?


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