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5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Sanchez01: 5:59pm On Aug 15, 2020
The humiliation of Barcelona at the hands of Bayern prior to the match last night was imminent as there had been signs all through the just-ended La Liga (LL) campaign. What the world didn't know was how bad the humiliation would be.

And while it seems like the perfect 'cruise' to blame Messi for disappearing in the game and even compare him to Ronaldo in those kinds of moments, Messi is not in any way responsible for the result. Rather, the club's president's philosophy is responsible and if anyone were to leave, it should be him. Below are my 5 reasons:

1. A Dying La Masia

La Masia means "The Farm House", in Spanish and it is the dubbed name for the once-famed Barcelona youth academy. The Farm House where raw talents were handpicked into the Barcelona first team produced the likes of Mikel Arteta, Luis Garcia Sanz, Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Motta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Carles Puyol, Pep Guardiola, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, and Lionel Messi himself.

The La Masia, at some point, made one of the top 3 best football academies in the world, falling behind Santos and Ajax youth system. While Madrid, through Florentino Perez pursued the "Galacticos" (meaning 'superstars'; a philosophy that only expensive world-class footballers will only be signed to Real Madrid) era, Barcelona youth system excelled and held the world spellbound, season after season, Real Madrid's first "Galacticos" project failed and Perez was fired. Some of the world's biggest names emerged through Barcelona's youth rank, playing a compact football style known in the academy known as the tiki-taka. Johan Cruyff, as a coach would only go ahead to adopt the style, making him one of Barcelona's most successful managers.

About 18 years after Messi progressed through the youth rank, Barcelona and Real Madrid have gone in opposite directions. While Madrid now look towards developing players from its youth rank, Barcelona has been neck-deep in signing talented superstars who are either oblivious to the club's style of play or unnecessarily surplus to requirement in the team. Ibrahimovic, Henry, Dembele, Griezmann, Vidal, Philippe Coutinho, Frenkie de Jong, the list is endless.

With an aging and declining first team, only a few promising players have managed to get noticed in the team while Madrid keep looking inward and churning out more footballers from its youth rank. The problem? Barcelona's president believes big names are the answer.

2. Aging Messi

An aging Messi isn't the problem and he isn't responsible for this. It is nature's call which must be answered. The problem here is the total reliance and dependence on one of the world's finest footballers who is being treated like aging is a sin. A club with a foresight will know better that what brought about dominance at some point isn't the Messi factor but a fluid midfield which the likes of Iniesta, Xavi and Busquet provided. Sadly, since their departure, Barcelona has invested more in defenders and forwards, leaving the midfield to God.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid, Barcelona's arch-rival have found it convenient to sit out maestros such as Kroos and Modric conveniently in games. Barcelona is one of the world's biggest clubs reputable for horrible signings.

3. The Backline Factor

Although Shakira's boyfriend has hinted he'll be the first to leave should the board decides to ax certain players, the stunt is all but a psychological attempt. Pique is worn out, old, and out of ideas. Already, he is incapable of stopping quick 'feety' footballers compared to his sworn subtle rival, Sergio Ramos. Those who were fixated on the match against Bayern Munich would have seen how Alba never stopped panting, mostly in the second half. Although the tradition with old age and defense is that you get better as you age. This can be seen in Ramos who is undoubtedly the world's finest defender even though the heart of his man can be desperately wicked.

The four backline of the team is worn and torn, even with the introduction of new blood who are mostly MIA due to injury. Barcelona needs to look inward and focus on replacing Pique, mostly. There are old but amazing defensive midfielders who can play at the back that have been hinted of exits in certain clubs (whispers P*S*G).

4. The Fear of Messi

The fear of Messi is probably what led to this disaster in the first place, from not liking a particular coach, to the fear of leaving and must be pleased mindset. The president and the club have been pawns in the hands of Messi for too long and they must wrestle themselves from his grip.

Messi is the only player in the team who will hit back at any executive who dare blames the team or criticize their lackluster performances on the pitch. Messi has been known to challenge the club's hierarchy not on the field, not among the players but on Instagram when one of the top dogs blame the team for something. The resulting effect is mostly accompanied by a sack, reshuffled positions, and more importantly, an increase in his wage. When Messi took to blasting the sporting director, Eric Abidal in February, many sports houses guessed there was something at play. Of course, it was political and Messi knew it. Getting to win the presidential election at FCB means having Messi as your best friend. What many players would take sticks for, Messi would do conveniently while the corporate guys fall over themselves to either retract their statements, apologize or instantly increase Messi's paycheck.

As a player, you might not necessarily need to be talented. If Messi likes you and wishes for you to remain at Barcelona, it will remain so except you wish to go on your accord.

This power is dangerous. Anyways, Eric Abidal is set to be sacked after 'defending' Setien. Could it be that he is about to be axed for criticizing the team in February

5. An Aging Team

Madrid has stood on this spot Barcelona is standing now and understand what will eventually become of them when their first team retire and fall out like a domino. While this is hinged on the failure of the club's executive in focusing on the Farm House, the after effect will be devastating and will paint a similar picture of Barcelona's LL final matchday that saw Osasuna beat them. Barcelona themselves have been in this position before, particularly after Puyol, Xavi and Iniesta left.

Unfortunately for the club, the after effect will be felt, and for a long time should Messi exit the team. It is however not too late to start focusing on bringing in talented youngsters. Right now, Madrid is reveling in the glory of its talented youths right now that some of them (notably Kubo, Hakimi, and Odegaard) have all been loaned out while the others jostle for starting places. As a matter of fact, Zidane confused the world after the restart by changing his first 11 per game in order to unburden them. Barcelona might not have the understanding to replicate this right now but the idea of a legendary footballer who is now at the "Messi" (pun intended) of the team and a laughing stock to the world is unfair and mismanaged.

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Nobody: 6:03pm On Aug 15, 2020
Dear Sanchez01 Onióvo,


It's "6" reasons actually and the sixth reason is that the President is the reason I abadon my legit Banga soup and starch due to the pains.

President Bartemou is a complete failure.

He should just get out.

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Sanchez01: 6:27pm On Aug 15, 2020
JidennaJason:
Dear Sanchez01 Onióvo,


It's "6" reasons actually and the sixth reason is that the President is the reason I abadon my legit Banga soup and starch due to the pains.

President Bartemou is a complete failure.

He should just get out.
grin grin grin grin grin grin

You seriously thought to eat your Usi and Amiedi during a Barca VS Bayern match? grin

You have mind sha grin

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Nobody: 6:35pm On Aug 15, 2020
Sanchez01:

grin grin grin grin grin grin

You seriously thought to eat your Usi and Amiedi during a Barca VS Bayern match? grin

You have mind sha grin
Nor blame me, nah over confidence...

Imagine Chelsea fans wey nor be my mate get mind dey troll me because of President Bartemou...

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Sanchez01: 6:38pm On Aug 15, 2020
JidennaJason:
Nor blame me, nah over confidence...

Imagine Chelsea fans wey nor be my mate get mind dey troll me because of President Bartemou...
grin grin grin grin

Chelsea better nau. Theirs was over two legs. Your own na one grin

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Nobody: 6:41pm On Aug 15, 2020
Sanchez01:

grin grin grin grin

Chelsea better nau. Theirs was over two legs. Your own na one grin
I know say you be madrista.. E show for your comment.

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Sanchez01: 6:56pm On Aug 15, 2020
JidennaJason:
I know say you be madrista.. E show for your comment.
grin

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Nobody: 8:08pm On Aug 15, 2020
JidennaJason:
Dear Sanchez01 Onióvo,


It's "6" reasons actually and the sixth reason is that the President is the reason I abadon my legit Banga soup and starch due to the pains.

President Bartemou is a complete failure.

He should just get out.
I ate before the match. Cause I knew Barca might lose scandalously grin

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by KossyKiss97(f): 9:09pm On Aug 15, 2020
Hmmm
Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by ClintonNzedimma(m): 9:09pm On Aug 15, 2020
I am a cules by blood but Bartomeu is a Hijo de Puta.
Barcelona’s problem run deeper than what happened yesterday.

We need early elections. Laporta or Victor Font should come and save us from this idiota de pathologico.

Yesterday Bayern broke our soul. Every goal scored equaled one teardrop from my eyes.

We will rise again. Mes Que Un Club

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by PhenomenalAustin: 9:09pm On Aug 15, 2020
Barca may be going Milan's and Manchester Unuted's way if care is not taken!

Bartomeu is a total disaster!


Just imagine swapping Arthur for Pjanic!



Shit!

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by abbaapple: 9:09pm On Aug 15, 2020
angry


Spits on football!! lipsrsealed
Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by DrayZee: 9:09pm On Aug 15, 2020
I’m selling this comment space. There’s no clear solution for Barcelona.

Also, why is Messi in 2 of the 5 topics? lipsrsealed

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by ForeThinker: 9:09pm On Aug 15, 2020
The sad truth is the truth is sad

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by babyfaceafrica: 9:10pm On Aug 15, 2020
Blame game has started , when did barca fans become Chelsea fans?.. Be classy for once!!

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Fuckingmallam45(m): 9:10pm On Aug 15, 2020
Sanchez07, who is he? A member of the board?

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by 24SEVEN: 9:10pm On Aug 15, 2020
This is Nigeria. Barcelona is not our Business. So we don't care!!!

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Amspecial: 9:10pm On Aug 15, 2020
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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by saheedbadmus(m): 9:11pm On Aug 15, 2020
Wo Barca don je iya ajeyo jare
Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by mastermaestro(m): 9:11pm On Aug 15, 2020
Useless team. They lost their way when they started selling off their future in the likes of Isaac Cuenca (winger), Thiago Alcantara (midfielder), Christian Tello (winger), Marc Bartra (defender), Rafinha (attacking midfielder), and some I can't remember.
The club has been a walking corpse since the departure of Puyol, Xavi and Iniesta. These vital personalities were never replaced. What do you expect?
One visible thing on the pitch now is lack of leadership. Zero leadership. In the coaching department, it has been one mediocre after another since the Guardiola left.
Useless team! angry angry

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by obembet(f): 9:11pm On Aug 15, 2020
Whatever they have been through, I just feel sad for Messi who have wasted all these years to bring back the glory to Camp Nou with these Coaching staff and Board. Messi, who have promised to bring the UCL trophy back to nou camp, seeing thier team strength, have urged thier Board several times that they need a competitive team... sadly, this is the result of ignorance and stupidity

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by newharddrives(m): 9:11pm On Aug 15, 2020
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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Kurtis02: 9:11pm On Aug 15, 2020
All these aggressive bet9ja addict sef



Op, how much did you lose? Cause I don't understand the essence of this your assessment.



Ur 5 point does not even tally with the headline.



Shior

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Glaswegian: 9:11pm On Aug 15, 2020
Everybody but Messi is responsible. But if they have a good run of games, Messi is responsible.

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Fheelzz(m): 9:12pm On Aug 15, 2020
E don go nah

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Afam4eva(m): 9:12pm On Aug 15, 2020
Barca's problem is multi faceted and it has been showing for the past few years even when Barca were still dominant in La Liga and also one of the top teams in Europe. You could see the decline in every aspect of their game. But the major problem i see apart from Bartomeu is that defense line and most importantly Barca's style of play. They have seen that their style of play doesn't work anymore but they remain adamant and you would expect the coach to review things but he proved that he's not a good coach afteral. Barca overplays the ball because they want to win the match by ball possession when they should be attacking.

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by Mrshape: 9:13pm On Aug 15, 2020
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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by lafuria1(m): 9:14pm On Aug 15, 2020
The money they've spent to replace Neymar hasn't yeilded result

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by AgainstIslam(f): 9:15pm On Aug 15, 2020
This can be seen in Ramos who is undoubtedly the world's finest defender even though the heart of his man can be desperately wicked.

gringringrin

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Re: 5 Reasons Barca's President Is Responsible For The Club's Woes by bewla(m): 9:15pm On Aug 15, 2020
Face like a man

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