The departure of Messi leaves Barcelona, not only with a major economic crisis, but also with a loss of the hallmark that has guided the club in recent years, irreparable in the short term. The team loses the best player in its history, the fundamental piece of a scheme whose gears fulfilled the function of getting the ball to the usual one, to which when the game got complicated everyone looked at.
Despite what has always been said about Leo’s lack of leadership, the vast majority of the players who have been lucky enough to share a dressing room with him assure that he is a great captain and that he knows exactly what to say and how to do it. The march of the “10” leaves Barça without a first captain with experience in the exercise of the functions. So … who should be the heir to the bracelet?
For quality, veterancy and Barcelona, the player who must wear the captain’s armband during the next season is undoubtedly Sergio Busquets. One of the few players left with Gerard Piqué who have lived through the entire glorious stage of the best Barça in history. His football is as much Barça style as the Barça style itself. His incredible skill in handling the ball has allowed him to become one of the best midfielders in history without the need to drive the ball. A lounge player who, except for a surprise, will wear the bracelet in the Gamper.
Between Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Piqué they will have to complete the quartet of captains. All Catalans and culés from the cradle. The best of all time is leaving, but Barça continues to be well represented.
Barcelona begins a difficult stage in which the main objective will be to rebuild and restructure internally to fight again for everything without the figure of the solver. There is no longer Messi’s wild card, losing a game and turning it around with his extraordinary individual genius. From the role of a napkin to the role of an idol.