Lionel Messi’s Captaincy at Barcelona Under Scrutiny: Former Teammate Raises Doubts

Lionel Messi’s Captaincy at Barcelona Under Scrutiny: Former Teammate Raises Doubts

From 2018 to 2021, Lionel Messi captained Barcelona for three seasons, winning the La Liga championship in 2019. However, questions are now being raised by one of the former Barcelona stars who played under the leadership of the Argentine.

When did Messi become Barcelona’s Captain?

During a moment of change at the team, the Argentine took over as captain from Andres Iniesta before departing for Paris Saint-Germain in 2021.

Messi’s legendary Barcelona career was not matched by his prize collection as captain, which included several infamous UEFA Champions League defeats.

Although there is no denying his legacy at Barcelona, former teammate Ivan Rakitic has cast doubt on some of his captaincy.

Before Rakitic returned to Sevilla in 2020, the two won four league titles together under three different captains: Messi, Iniesta, and Xavi Hernandez.

Ivan Rakitic’s Remarks Spark Debate Over Messi’s Leadership

In a recent interview, former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic cast a shadow of doubt over Lionel Messi’s captaincy during his tenure at the Catalan club.

While acknowledging Messi’s unparalleled talent and contribution to Barcelona’s success, Rakitic hinted at potential shortcomings in the Argentine’s communication as a captain.

Rakitic, who shared the dressing room with Messi for several years and witnessed the transition of captains from Andres Iniesta to Xavi Hernandez, highlighted aspects of Messi’s captaincy that he found lacking.

Despite winning four league titles together under different captains, including Messi himself, Rakitic suggested that Messi’s communication with teammates could have been better at times.

While acknowledging Messi’s unique abilities and unmatched footballing prowess, Rakitic’s comments shed light on the complexities of leadership within football teams. Despite any perceived shortcomings, Messi’s legacy at Barcelona remains untarnished, marked by numerous records and accolades.

Following his departure from Barcelona in 2021, Messi assumed the captaincy role at Inter Miami upon joining the club in July 2023.

Despite the debate surrounding his leadership style, Messi led Inter Miami to their first-ever trophy in the Leagues Cup last summer, showcasing his enduring influence and impact on the pitch.

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