¿a quién le fue mejor?

(CNN Español) — “Last hour: Leo Messi no seguirá ligado al FC Barcelona”. The title, frío, seco, que apareció en las redes sociales del club catalán hace exactly un año impactaba al mundo entero. The biggest idol of the institution, the man who had pulverized all the records with the blaugrana shirt and had collected all the titles that he lost on the road, would not renovate his contract. Lionel Messi, the “little giant” Argentine, empezaba a formar parte del pasado culé.

Horas antes del anuncio, a pesar de que todo indicaba que la renewal de Messi con el Barcelona sería solo un trámite, los rumores commenzaron surgir alertando de difficulties que podridan entorpecer la negociación. Everything, including, despite the fact that the Catalan team had recently changed authorities and the new president, Joan Laporta, maintained a great relationship with the footballer, because he had been at the front of the institution in the first years of the Argentine club.

Lo que vendría después serías las explanaciones del propio Laporta, que adjudicataba la no renewal de Messi a la la situationa del economico del Barcelona y la regulación de la Liga española que impose un total salary cap para cada club, y las lagrimas del argentino, que quedaron marcados a fire between the most moving images in the world of football of the last years.

Messi rompe en llanto en su despedida del Barcelona 6:02

Atrás quedaban los 778 partidos jugados por Messi con la camiseta del Barcelona, en los que anotó 672 goals y dio 288 asistencias. Back then, también, the tremendous palmarés that “la Pulga” cosechó with the Catalan club: 10 ligas de España; 4 Champions League; 3 Mundiales de Clubes; 3 Supercopas europeas, 7 Copas del Rey and 8 Supercopas de España.

Un año pasó desde aquel 5 de agosto de 2021 en el que los caminos de Messi y Barcelona se bifurcaron. The Argentine arrived at Paris Saint Germain for dollars and stars before returning to share a team with his friend Neymar and other figures of the stature of Mbappé, Sergio Ramos, Di María and Marquinhos.

El Barça, meanwhile, faced the new season with a very questionable Ronald Koeman at the front of the squad, but he quit in the middle of October before the poor results, both in the League and in the Champions League. His successor was nothing less than Xavi Hernández, another of the prodigal sons of the golden generation, Lionel Messi’s companion in those glorious teams that Pep Guardiola armed.

Pero, ¿a quién le fue mejor? Messi or Barcelona? Mira el recorrido de cada uno.

8 de agosto: the star of fútbol Lionel Messi leaves FC Barcelona in tears after passing more than 20 years in the Spanish club.  Messi won 10 League titles and four Champions League titles in Barcelona.  He is also the top scorer in the history of the club.  Messi plays now at Paris Saint-Germain after signing a two-year contract.  (Credit: Marc González Aloma/Europa Press/Getty Images)

8 de agosto: the star of fútbol Lionel Messi leaves FC Barcelona in tears after passing more than 20 years in the Spanish club. Messi won 10 League titles and four Champions League titles in Barcelona. He is also the top scorer in the history of the club. Messi plays now at Paris Saint-Germain after signing a two-year contract. (Photo: Marc González Aloma/Europa Press/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi, las luces de París y una temporada con sabor sourdulce

After the tears and farewells from “his city”, Lionel Messi did not lose much time and, only cinco days after his departure from Barcelona, ​​that confirmed his arrival to Paris Saint Germain. El conjunto de la capital francesa estaba conformando un verdadero “Dream Team” con un sole objetivo: ganar por primera vez la Champions League.

In the presence of stars of the stature of Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Ángel Di María in the squad led by Mauricio Pochettino who added, among others, besides Messi, Sergio Ramos, the historical defender of Real Madrid, the Italian archer Gianluigi Donnarumma, que llegaba del Milan, y el mediocampista neerlandés Georginio Wijnaldum, procedente del Liverpool.

The expectations were total among the fans of Paris, but the level of Lionel Messi was not the best at the start of the season. The Argentine had been the champion of the Copa América with the Argentine selection at the beginning of July, when he still believed that the renewal with Barcelona would be a process. El tardío cominéso de las practicas afectaron su condición física, lo que provocó una merma en su rendido.

Si bien en la liga local el andar del equipo era satisfactorio en cuanto a los resultados, el funcción nunca convenció a los hinchas. And that was evident in the Champions League. The Parisian team finished second in their group, behind Manchester City, and the draw paired them with nothing less than Real Madrid in the final eight.

La serie ante quienes sérien champions del torneo fue, tal vez, el punto más alto en cuanto a performance para el equipo de Mauricio Pochettino, aunque Lionel Messi estuvo lejos de su nivel. Un triunfo por 1 a 0 como locales llevaron al PSG a buscar la clasificación en el Santiago Bernabéu. There, the goal in the first time of Mbappé put the Parisians in the final quarter, but Karim Benzema scored three goals between the 61st and 78th minutes. sepultó las illusiones de los de la capital francesa y del argentinoque buscaba levantar el trofeo siete años después de su ultima conquista.

Lo que vino para Messi y compañía fueron duras críticos de los seguidores del PSG, que ni el título en la Ligue 1 pudieron aplacar.

In total, The Argentine played 33 games in the 21/22 season with PSGen la que anotó 11 goles, dio 14 asistencias y ganó un título.

Before the new season, the club replaced Mauricio Pochettino and hired coach Christophe Gaultier, with the intention of giving the team a tour. The beginning couldn’t be better: PSG beat Nantes 4 to 0 in the final of the Supercopa de France, Messi scored the team’s first goal and showed a promising level, a little over 100 days from the start of what, surely , it will be your last World Cup.

El Barcelona, ​​en busca de la reconstrucción

As Lionel Messi’s season was far from his best moments, Barcelona was far worse. A la salida del argentino se le sumó un equipo con un muy bajo rendezvous, defeats que lo jaramento que los primeros places de la Liga española e, incluso, la eliminación en primera ronda de la Champions League por primera vez en 20 años.

Before the final of the first phase of the Champions League, the club despidió al entrenador Ronald Koeman y contrató nada menos que a Xavi Hernández, hijo prodigo de la cantera culé e integrante de la generación dorada. But with a squad with few figures, poco pudo hacer el champion en el Mundial 2010 with la selección española.

But as it was not enough for the Catalan fans, the team did not even advance much in the Europa League, the second important tournament in Europe, where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany, which lo venció por 3 a 2 en el Camp Noulo que provocó la ira de los aficionados.

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Finally, Xavi was able to give the team some form and, at the end of the season, they achieved good results that finally reached them before finishing second in the League and qualifying for the Champions League, although they were far away from the champion Real Madrid, with 13 points .

Before the new season, the club sought reconstruction and, before that, one of the coups of the pass market: fichó to the Polish striker Robert Lewandowsky, from Bayern Munich. Además llegaron el extremo Rapinha, del Leeds; los defensores centrales Jules Koundé and Andreas Christenses; y el mediocentro Franck Kessié. The objective, of course, is to recover the brilliance of previous years.

Lo cierto es que, a un año del “divorcio”, Lionel Messi and Barcelona will live an año que estuvo de sus mejores épocas, aunque todo parece indicar que en la temporada que comizencia both will seek to recover the brilliance and return to being competitive international level, with the Champions League (before both) and the World Cup of Qatar (before Messi) as principal objectives.

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