If Barcelona star Lionel Messi is yet to decide on his Nou Camp future, he should do so now. The La Liga giants’ struggles continued on Saturday as they slumped to a disappointing 2-2 draw with Valencia. And the Argentina international was the only bright spark on yet another chastening day for Ronald Koeman’s side.
Messi has been coy on his Barcelona future.
The La Liga giants haven’t given up hope of keeping the Argentina international, even if the odds seem stacked against them.
Manchester City are confident they can sign Messi, believing the forward’s connection with Pep Guardiola to be key to their chances of a transfer.
PSG are also optimistic, too, with Messi close with Neymar – who left Barcelona for the Parc des Princes three years ago.
But Messi’s decision should be a lot easier now.
Once again, he was forced to operate almost single-handedly in attack against Valencia on Saturday afternoon.
He drew Barcelona level after they fell behind courtesy of a Mouchtar Diakhaby strike, digging Koeman out of a hole once again.
At one point, it seemed as though the Catalan giants would pick up all three points.
But that didn’t happen, with Maximiliano Gomez Gonzalez scoring in the 69th minute to earn a crucial draw for the visitors.
Barcelona went into the match looking to build on their recent win over Real Sociedad, a result that had Koeman confident his side could challenge for the title.
Yet, once again, their plight was clear for all to see.
The Barcelona sides of old would have swatted Valencia aside with ease. Messi, on numerous occasions over the years, has bagged against their La Liga rivals.
But this was yet another poor showing from the home side and another result that should quicken a move away from Catalonia for their 33-year-old talisman.
Barcelona aren’t going to get anywhere near any trophy playing like this.
And it’s been the story of their season so far. With every step forward, there’s two steps back.
Messi has often been Barcelona’s star of the show but the veteran is having to do it all himself these days. Gone are the days where the supporting cast could step up and become the lead.
And with the Catalan outfit no longer a European superpower, and the January transfer window edging closer, it could be time to part ways.
For so long, Messi has fired Barcelona to success.
But this draw has dealt their faint title hopes yet another blow and sums up the sorry mess they’re currently in.
PSG and City should act now. Because, the more Barcelona struggle, the more a prospect of Messi departing looks likely.
Koeman’s side are still hopeful of clinging on to their superstar but they should be fading fast. Messi deserves better – and he knows it.