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The departure of Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona left great doubts, worries and bad results for the culé team. Nevertheless, 638 days have had to pass for the Blaugrana team to win a title again, after beating Real Madrid in the final of the Spanish Super Cup (1-3), in which it is, furthermore, the first since Argentine Leo Messi left the club.
coincided, before the summer of 2021 in which the goodbye materializedwith the last title, until this Sunday, from Barcelona: a Copa del Rey won against Athletic Club de Bilbao in La Cartuja by a landslide (0-4), with a brace from Messi.
Now with the trophy in their possession, almost every Barcelona player, especially the youngest, they wanted to be photographed with him to immortalize a moment that, perhaps without knowing it, was going to go down in history.
A story that has not been written in the same way since the departure of Messi and the consequences that it entails at a sporting level. so much that Barcelona had to wait almost 21 months to be able to celebrate again with a trophy in their hands and a medal around their necks.
Without Messi and with economic problems, Barcelona has had to reinvent itself almost completely. And it is that up to 14 players have won their first title with Barcelona this Sunday; a fact that demonstrates the process of change and difficulty that the club now chaired by Joan Laporta has gone through.
Is about Arnau Tenas, Alex Balde, Pablo Torre –who does not appear on the club’s website as part of the first team, and does appear in the subsidiary but entered the squad for the Spanish Super Cup-, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Héctor Bellerín, Eric García, Jules Koundé, Gavi, Frank Kessie, Pablo Torre, Ferran Torres, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Memphis.
That is to say, only nine players from the current Barcelona squad were present at Messi’s last title as a blaugrana.
A long drought was cut for FC Barcelona
After the victory against its most important rival in Spain, on Arab soil, the drought that was cut in Riyadh, where Barcelona won its 14th Spanish Super Cup, the first since it was played in a four-game final format -four editions played-.
Also, yesIt was the first title without Messi in the squad since Barça won La Liga on May 14, 2005. Together, this title became the first one lifted by the current team captain, Sergio Busquets, a player who adds 31 titles and remains one behind Andrés Iniesta (32) and four to reach the player who has won the most trophies with the Barça shirt, the Argentine Leo Messi (35).
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