The startling stats that prove Barcelona miss Lionel Messi more than the forward misses Xavi’s side


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It is interesting to see how dependent Barcelona are on Lionel Messi. After losing to Bayern in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, it became clear that Xavi Hernandez’s squad would not have been able to function without the Argentine superstar.

Xavi Barcelona and Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain
© Eric Alonso and Octavio Passos / Getty ImagesXavi Barcelona and Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain

As many as three La Liga teams – Sevilla, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid – have been kicked out of the group stage in Champions League, deal a severe blow to Spanish football. On Wednesday, Bayern defeated Barcelona Unbalanced margin.

This is the second year in a row that the Blaugrana have been eliminated in the opening round of the UEFA Champions League. The Catalan giants’ fate was decided after Inter’s earlier victory over Viktoria Plzen, and they collapsed in a 3-0 loss to the Bundesliga winners in front of their own fans.

Everything was but by the first half Sadio Mane Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting gave the visitors a two-goal advantage. To add some intrigue, Barcelona have not been eliminated from the group stage of the European Club Championship twice in a row since 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.

Statistics that indicate that Barcelona is still dependent on Lionel Messi

These unfortunate statements, no less than the fall of Barcelona, ​​coincide with the departure of the club’s greatest player, Lionel Messi, who replaced the Camp Nou with Parc des Princes at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021 as a free agent. It became clear that Xavi Hernandez’s team is Unlikely to work Without him, an interesting revelation given the club’s reliance on him.

Facts and figures show that Blaugrana did not have access to Knockout Theater Absolutely without the great president of Argentina. Barcelona failed to get past the group stage of the Champions League in the past two decades only when Lionel Messi was not part of the squad.

In fact, although the Argentine striker spent 17 years of his professional career with Barcelona without Ever in the European League. Since his departure, in the summer of 2021, his former team participates in the tournament annually.

Meanwhile, Messi’s 7-2 victory at Parc des Princes brought Messi ahead Paris Saint-Germain to the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League. The 35-year-old striker’s outstanding performance resulted in two passes and two goals, setting a new record in the process.

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