Contrary to speculations that Barcelona is dependent on Lionel Messi for successful outings, the Argentine star has come out to challenge critics saying that Barcelona can do without him.
Messi missed last weekend’s goalless draw with Malaga but returned to action to score twice in the win against Celtic on Wednesday. Brendan Rodgers suggested after the game that the result may have been different if the Argentine had switched sides.
This suggestion has been persisting but reduced after the signings of Neymar and Luis Suarez. However, results over the course of this season have once again led to suggestions that Luis Enrique’s side are dependent on Messi.
“I don’t consider talk of Barca being Messi-dependent to be praise or a concern because it’s not the case, I’m in the best team in the world, [Barca] don’t depend on one player” Messi stated.
His two goals at Celtic Park on Wednesday ensured Barca’s progression to the last 16 of the Champions League, allowing them to focus on trying to eat into Real Madrid’s four point gap at the top of La Liga table.
Barcelona will take on Real Sociedad on Sunday, who they have not beaten away from home in the league since 2007.
It is expected that Messi will renew his contract with Barca beyond 2018. However, reports in Marca last week revealed that he was eyeing a transfer to Manchester City.