Not every legend is a myth. As abstract as the ones we know seem to be in those boring textbooks they made us read in school may seem, some legends do really walk among us in flesh and blood. And they are every bit as interesting as Zeus and the rest.
In soccer we have one. Some say two but either way Lionel Messi’s name will always make the list.
A skinny kid from Argentina who bust into the scene in 2005 has managed to break and set records like it’s second nature to him. Needless to say, Barcelona has enjoyed as a result of the Argentine magician’s effect. So much so that a lot of pundits believe for much of Messi’s stay at Camp Nou, they never really needed a coach.
Barcelona fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sevilla in a Copa del Ray cup tie last time out as Lionel Messi was left out of the starting lineup atEstadioRamon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Manager Ernesto Valverdo has now revealed that he has no regrets leaving the Argentine superstar on the bench as he felt that was the best thing to do.
The Argentine returned to training last week and could play for Blaugrana against Inter, but his coach takes no chances. Ernesto Valverde insisted he will not take any unfortunate risks despite mentioning Lionel Messi in his Barcelona team only two and a half weeks after he broke his arm. Messi has not played since he was forced into the first half of a 4-2 win over Sevilla on October 20, but Valverde included him at the party that traveled to Milan to meet Inter in the Champions League.
Barca has won all four of their matches without the Talisman Argentine, with a 2-0 win over Inter and the 5-1 demolition of the Real Madrid standout results. “Leo is at the point where he could be available, but we have to wait. It depends on training,” Valverde told a press conference. “There are three or four options, but we do not take risks with Messi. I think it is better if he is there. More than anything because he is one more player and we have more to choose from. Of course, Messi is required to recover.”
Barcelona managed to salvage a draw against Girona thanks to a goal from Gerard Pique in the 63rd minute. All started well for Barcelona when Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the first half. Fans were then hoping that Barcelona will have an easy game but things will change for the worst for them with the sending off of their defender Lenglet in the 35th minute.
The dismissal of the defender will change the game and Girona will manage score to equalize just before the break through Stuani. Things will become even worst for Barcelona when Stuani will add a second goal to give Girona a deserved lead against the ten-man side.