Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and Argentine teammate Javier Mascherano has regarded Messi bigger than the club itself.
Mascherano has come short of praising the Argentine only to God. While speaking to Barcelona’s official magazine, he said, Messi “is indispensable, but the rest of us are dispensable,”
Mascherano gave credit to Messi for their success. According to him, the club’s achievements in the recent past have been due to Leo. He did attribute the success of the national team to Messi as well. But it wasn’t quite clear what success he was talking about. Argentina has failed to secure in any silverware, losing in 4 out of the last 5 Copa America. They also faltered in the finals of the 2014 World Cup.
Messi even announced his retirement from international football due to his inability to win trophies for the national side.
Despite all of that Mascherano thought, “Leo is a unique player. We’re talking about the best player in history, for this club and for the sport. Important people have left Barca in recent years, people that will stay in the club’s history, but the team still works, it still wins.”
After a point, it appeared as if Mascherano disregarded the contribution of any other player for Barcelona. He went on to say, “No, the club is bigger than any manager, than any player… except Leo. That’s the reality, and you have to accept it.”
Messi has been a part of the Barcelona team since 2005 and helped them to win 28 trophies. However, it wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of some of the greats such as Puyol, Xavi and Alves.
Nevertheless, Messi has broken all records for Barcelona. He has undoubtedly been the most threatening player in there over the last decade.
He has won the Ballon d’Or a record 5 times, more than anyone else in the world. But that does not make him bigger than the club or even his national side.