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Former manager believes Barcelona has a bright future even without Lionel Messi

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After countless speculations and theories about the Lionel Messi’s departure out of Barcelona, the Argentine has now poured cold water on all the rumours, and has confirmed that he will stay with the La Liga giants for the next season. Meanwhile, former Barca manager Luis Enrique comes forward with his input, and says the Catalans will continue to be glorious in future, even if it doesn’t have Messi in it.

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In the recent weeks, Lionel Messi was featured in every headlines coming out of the global football scene. The Barcelona captain was rumoured to be set for an exit out of Camp Nou, and the trophy less season plus the devastating defeat against Bayern Munich in the UCL were claimed as the cause.

Nonetheless, turns out the 33 year old is not leaving his boyhood club, and the 16 year long spell that he has at Camp Nou isn’t coming to an end, for this year at least.

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Now with all the hearsay about Messi’s departure out of the way, former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique comes forward to say the slowly approaching inevitable, that the 6 time Ballon d’Or champion will, indeed, leave his shrine ‘sooner or later’.

Clubs are above all people, players and presidents: Enrique’s reality check regarding Barcelona

Spain national football team gaffer Luis Enrique, who was at the helm of Barca from 2014 to 2017, and landed two La Liga and a Champions League silverware for the team, claims that the inevitable will approach one day, when the ‘Messiah’ will indeed exit Barcelona.

Former manager believes Barcelona has a bright future even without Lionel Messi - THE SPORTS ROOM
The Golden Years: Luis Enrique with Messi. (Image Courtesy: Imago)

“I think the clubs are above all people, players and presidents. Barcelona, ​​founded in 1899, is one of the best in the world. They have always won titles,” Enrique said during the preview conference of Spain‘s UEFA Nations League clash against Ukraine.

The 50 year old continued, :“It is evident that there has been a wonderful relationship. Leo has made Barca grow exponentially but I would have liked it if a much more friendly agreement had been reached.”

He added by saying that even when Barca and Messi part ways, both the club and the player will continue to shine.

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“Sooner or later, Messi will stop playing at Barca. Barcelona will continue to win titles without Messi and Messi will continue to be a wonderful footballer,” the Spaniard concluded.

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