Lionel Messi 2.0 New and improved
Messi understands just how important the game is to the Cules, which is why the need to be the consistently unfailing hero of Barca’s success story is realised most urgently by this one scrawny lad, writes Ananya Das.
Most clubs would be happy with their eight consecutive wins. With that kind of a start to the season, they'd, in fact, be over the moon; but alas, Barcelona FC is not like most clubs. They did not have a great summer, not in the least. Having lost one of their most important players to the French club Paris Saint Germain, as Neymar now fights over the penalties, the controversies seemed unending for the Spanish giants as the club board's behaviour in all of this was undeniably concerning. All signs pointed towards an unnerving start to the season; but despite all of that, they have actually managed to do pretty well for themselves. They now sit comfortably at the top of the table with five points clear of Sevilla and seven off Real Madrid. There's one person Barcelona should thank in all of this, Lionel Messi.