There is no doubt that Barcelona is one of the most talented football teams in existence. Not only does this involve the presence of some truly stellar players, but the cohesion that this club continually exhibits is a clear indication that confidence has rarely been an issue. Unfortunately, FCB has not exactly enjoyed a stellar 2021 season. There are many reasons behind this observation and the current health crisis cannot be taken lightly. It still needs to be mentioned that internal conflicts have come to light in recent months.Of course, we are talking amount Lionel Messi and his ongoing relationship with Barcelona.
While the facts around his purported transfer eventually proved to be slightly misleading, we still have to wonder about how his relationship with management may have changed. Furthermore, could this impact the team as a whole? Let's look at the psychology behind team cohesion before moving on.The Strongest or Weakest Link?It has often been said that a football team is only as strong as its weakest link. However, the exact opposite can sometimes be true. Lionel Messi is the lynchpin of Barcelona and without his presence, it is doubtful whether the organisation would have been able to enjoy its current reputation. This is when a problem comes to light.Most fans consider Messi to represent the heartbeat of the team.
Although he may very well be the strongest player, what if his loyalty or motivation begin to falter? How might this affect other players? While he could be viewed as the strongest link within the chain, breaking this link due to personal differences would cause irreparable damage from a medium-term point of view.Perhaps Time for a ChangeWe need to remember that Lionel Messi has remained with Barcelona for no fewer than 16 years of his career. Might he be looking for a change? Similar to a poker aficionado who turns to other platforms such as roulette in order to obtain a breath of fresh air, we have to wonder where Messi's loyalties are. This has less to do with the players themselves. It instead revolves around previous conflicts with management. Let's also not fail to mention that his anger with the team was said to be festering for weeks before it was eventually brought to light.
When we then remember that he literally asked for a transfer only to be subsequently denied, how happy will he be to don FCB colours in the coming season?There is no doubt that Lionel Messi is one of the most talented players of all time. However, he is still human and he might simply wish to test the waters elsewhere. It is not likely that the bad blood between Messi and Barca has simple evaporated overnight and this is what could be problematic in the coming year. Still, only time will tell whether he will be able to place any feelings of enmity aside in order to lead FCB to what might be another amazing season.