- Lionel Messi has not been able to replicate the same form he is known for
- The Argentine star is currently struggling under new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman
- Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho have now taken the shine at the Catalan club
Lionel Messi seems to be in the twilight of his career as the Barcelona captain has dropped form drastically from what we used to know.
The Argentine had a very tough summer having dropped his transfer request at the Spanish club threatening to leave the club in the wake of their 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
He also failed to inspire the Catalan giants to the La Liga title as they conceded eight points to allow rivals Real Madrid overtake and clinch the coveted title at their expense.
The 33-year-old has not been able to replicate his dazzling form which he had for more than two decades and here are 4 horrible stats that shows Lionel Messi struggling.
1. Messi has failed to score from open play in six matches this season:
Following Barcelona’s 3-1 home loss to Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of this season, it is clear that Messi is struggling under new manager Ronald Koeman.
He has only managed two league goals this season, both coming from the penalty spot. Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati are doing much more than the Argentine upfront so far.
2 . He has also created just one chance in La Liga this term
The 33-year-old who broke La Liga assists’ record last season has just manager one so far this season, while academy product Fati has already netted five goals this season with one assist in all competitions.
After Barcelona's 3-1 loss in El Clasico, Messi has failed to do 1 thing since Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid
Fati is stealing the limelight as well as headlines ahead of the Barcelona captain.
3. Lionel Messi has now failed to score or produce an assist in the last 6 El Clasicos
The last time he scored in it was when Cristiano Ronaldo was a Real Madrid player and this dates back to the 2017-2018 season in their 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou.
4. He is also yet to score from open play for Argentina this year
The Albiceleste captain has had a rocky reign with the Argentine national team. He has not scored from open play for his home country this year.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi is prepared for Barcelona’s massive UEFA Champions League cracker against Juventus scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, and the captain hopes his rival Ronaldo will also be available.
Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for coronavirus for the second time and he is in doubt for the showdown against Barcelona.
According to the UEFA self-isolation guidelines, the Portuguese attacker must produce a negative coronavirus test well in advance of the game against Barcelona.
And ahead of the Champions League fixture, Messi says he wishes Ronaldo recovers as quickly as possible.
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