The year 2020 has been complicated for the whole planet, but if there is a team that wants to forget about it, it is FC Barcelona. Humiliated in the European Cup, not only did they not win any title but also controversies have been constant throughout the year and there have been few, if not any, joys. Worst of all, most of the little good news has nothing to do with what happens on the lawn, although it does point to what the future may hold. These are the best moments of Barça in 2020.
Messi will end his contract in June 2021 | Quality Sport Images / .
The elimination in the European Cup brought as a more serious consequence Messi’s public manifestation of his desire to leave the club. Finally he stayed, arguing the Argentine that he did not want a legal battle against the club – there were doubts in the interpretation of a clause that allowed his departure -. At the moment he continues and although his departure is not a hot topic at present, as the months go by, the news will come out about his departure or renewal.
Ansu Fati recovers from a serious injury | Quality Sport Images / .
Sportingly, he has been one of the best of Barça this season. It is the illusion that the fans grasp for the future. Not only, with 17 years, he settled as a starter but also made his debut with the Spanish team. He aims to be the new Blaugrana idol.
Bartomeu was the protagonist of too many controversies in 2020 | Quality Sport Images / .
He refused to do so after the European elimination, but could only hold out for two more months. The vote of no-confidence – which was not finally held – put its continuity in check and at the end of October his departure was announced. Elections will be held in January 2021.
The German goalkeeper is ideal for the Barça goal | Eric Alonso / .
The German goalkeeper was one of the only ones about whom there was a certain certainty that his continuity was wanted once the Lisbon debacle happened. He is one of the best in the world in his position and the renovation, although it was a financial problem for the entity, it was mandatory to carry it out. A good part of the future of the entity is built on it and its extension until 2025 was received as great news.
The future of Barça passes through the success of players like Pedri and Trincao | Quality Sport Images / .
It had to have been dealt with years ago, but it has played in the worst possible scenario, with the pandemic in between. Messi’s performance covered many problems with various league titles, but it was a matter of time before he failed. Players like Vidal, Rakitic and Suárez left, and young people like Pedri or Trincao arrived. With the arrival of Koeman, they bet on the quarry again. It is still a ‘patch’ to a structural problem, but they are the first stones of a long-term future that has to be successful again.
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