Barcelona F.C.’s recent performances have improved thanks to the excellent form of Lionel Messi. The team without Messi, due to his injury, was winning but not impressing anyone and since his return the team has started to take shape.
The problem with Barcelona is their huge dependence on the star, Messi, because they use him as a go-to man, as a clutch player, somebody to give the ball to in order for him to finish the game, because he is and he can. Without him, the team seemed flat, and for a fan the team seemed idea less, without excitement, lacking the beautiful game that the people are used to seen Barcelona create.
Watching Barcelona play without Messi felt like it would feel watching 1987’s Napoli play without Diego Armando Maradona, the best player that ever lived. No matter how many talented players are around him, it’s just not the same.
When the best player in the world gets injured the world of soccer declines, people start to doubt the form of the player once he has rehabilitated fully and the questions arise. Can he reach his peak form again? Will he be the same? and the answer is always the same, Messi came back in better form than before and he has reached the top again.
Neymar was placed in Messi’s position while “La pulga” was injured, but it just wasn’t the same. Neymar is a fabulous player and he is intriguing to watch because of the showmanship style of play he has, but it wasn’t enough, the team as a whole was not creating as many chances to score and the few they had created were not being finished by the offense. Neymar has a long way to go, and he will eventually become an important figure for the world of soccer, but he will never reach the level that Messi is in.
Falcao’s knee injury could potentially leave him out of the world cup in June and after the surgery a medical diagnosis was awaited, finally the surgeon gave the statement that all soccer fans wanted to hear “if Colombia makes it to the second round of the world cup, Falcao could play then”
It would be disastrous not to see Falcao in this world cup, most importantly because of the current status of Colombia. Falcao is not only one of the best players in the world, but also a leader for the Colombian national team. Colombia has become one of the most powerful teams in the world, finally being able to combine their talented players and unified them into a team that can defeat any rival.
Falcao is the symbol of Colombia and not having him for the world cup could be devastating for the team, but not the end because luckily for them, Falcao is a striker and not a midfielder, which means that by placing another talented player in his place the difference would be less noticeable. Not taking anything away from Falcao, there are many talented players in Colombia who can hold their own at that position and by being a striker it does not affect the scheme or the quality of the game Colombia is used to playing.
Who is the striker that will shine instead of Falcao?