Green shoots emerge with Messi appearing to be making new friends at Barcelona

Lionel Messi‘s emotional smile and hug of Pedri last night as Barcelona beat Athletic Club at San Mames are images of great hope for Barcelona according to Diario AS.

The Argentine’s body language has changed in recent weeks, appearing more active and involved than he did in the early part of the season, almost opening himself to be convinced to stay.

Lionel Messi and Pedri

Messi seems to be developing the ability to use his performances on the grass to distract himself from the institutional mess the club are in, best exhibited in a stunning performance against Athletic that saw him score twice and pre-assist.

Also evident was the relationship he seems to be cultivating with some of the Catalans’ younger guns, like Frenkie de Jong and Ousmane Dembele. They’re beginning to link in a manner that suggests they speak the same language.

Pedri, of course, is a separate case. The pair have forged a genuinely unique bond, one perhaps akin to the relationship Ronaldinho had with Messi when he first came through at Barcelona as a teenager.

Lionel Messi

There’s also Antoine Griezmann, who seems to be so full of respect for Messi and keen to win his approval that he’s willing to play second banana to him and focus more on operating within his ecosystem and assisting, as he did last night, than scoring.

It’s yet to be seen whether it’ll be enough to convince him to stay put and sign a new deal at Camp Nou, but it’s certainly grounds for optimism.

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  1. nura lawal says:

    from all indications GOAT was more dedicated towards barcelona. ao all i can say messi may chnange his mind to stay.

  2. cesar says:

    messi is the best soccer player

  3. Kabir Khattak says:

    In this world 🌎 in foot ball …s only messi ..never born ll again messi…if berca loose this one …the ll be never better club with out messi…before too late give him some respect make him stay…

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