As you’ve no doubt heard, Lionel Messi is no longer a Barcelona player for the first time in his entire professional career after his relationship with the Catalan giants was forced to end due to rampant financial problems at the Camp Nou.
The great Argentine will now exercise his trade in the city of lights, starring at the Parc des Princes for Paris Saint-Germain in what will surely be the club’s biggest push so far to finally secure his first Champions League trophy.
But the lasting effect that Messi has bestowed on La Liga and Spanish football is undeniable. Whether it’s millions of adoring fans who were brought to tears and total disbelief, or former opponents who are sad to see one of the most iconic, if not the most iconic, careers in Spanish soccer history come to an end, Messi has touched the lives of countless through the beautiful game.
Jan Oblak pays tribute to his former adversary
As a goalkeeper practicing his trade in Spain, there was no more terrifying prospect than seeing Messi on goal, fighting his way through his clubmates on his defensive third outside the box or standing unopposed on a set piece. Jan Oblak knows this better than most, having faced Messi on many occasions during his seven years in the Spanish capital with Atlético de Madrid.
But despite those moments when Messi reached the top, Oblak regrets his departure from La Liga and turned to his personal Twitter account to pay tribute to a player who really defined an era in Spain and in Europe and on the scene. world football player.
For all the time that I’ve been playing #Messi has been redefining football. If it was not for him @The league it would be a very different place. For starters, I’d have a few more clean sheets. Inspire everyone to improve their game. For your next dream. #NeverDreamOnly @budfootball pic.twitter.com/kipCoIFtFy
– Jan Oblak (@oblakjan) August 10, 2021
With a moving tribute video to Budweiser in which Oblak also makes an appearance, the Slovenian international added a personal touch to his own publication, crediting the Rosario with having “redefined football” throughout his entire career that dates back to 2008-09 when Oblak made his professional debut with the capital club NK Olimpija Ljubljana.
Like so many others, Oblak comments on the massive influence Messi had on not just him, but countless other professionals and fans alike, who were licensed to dream and be inspired to achieve it. The League will never be the same again without his effortless grace on the field.
Neymar is excited to rekindle the relationship on the pitch with Messi.
Oblak was not the only player who took to social networks to express his emotions about the transfer of Lionel Messi to the French capital, with former Barcelona teammate and international enemy Neymar. take to instagram in celebration of their reunion in the field.
The couple spent four years together terrorizing their opposition both at home and abroad, forming one of the most dynamic attacking trios of this generation alongside Luis Suárez. In all, Neymar scored 105 goals in a combined 186 appearances across all competitions for Blaugrana while he scored more than 20 goals in La Liga in both 2014-15 (22) and 2015-16 (24); his biggest goal in a season returns in national club soccer in his career to date.
How can PSG give Neymar € 30M per season, while paying € 60M for Hakimi and € 75M in pre-tax salaries to Messi, Donnarumma, Wijnaldum and Ramos, and even * think * of re-signing Mbappé there? year to expect? lose 204 million euros in revenue? UEFA, end the charade.
– Anthony Lopopolo (@sportscaddy) August 6, 2021
While many continue to question how PSG has perpetrated the business of the summer they have run (deals for Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Giorginio Wijnaldum and Sergio Ramos) all while trying to persist in keeping French star Kylian Mbappé in Paris, the prospect of Messi and Neymar rekindling their bond on the pitch is a temptress that could well end in PSG’s first Champions League win in club history.
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