Lionel Messi has made it a habit of scoring in almost every match for Barcelona that it is becoming increasingly surprising that he has scored just once in 2014, while he also went on a run of numerous matches without scoring a single league goal.
He has come in for criticism recently after sustaining numerous injuries this campaign. Manager Gerardo Martino has left it to his defence by saying that the Argentine has not taken well to the criticism from the media. He says that Messi is under immense pressure due to the recent talk about lack of goals.
The recent string of performances that Luis Suarez has managed to accomplish in this season has made a number of top European clubs take into consideration on making a move for the Uruguayan striker.
Some time ago Suarez was facing problems in Liverpool up until the point where the Premier League club was looking for a way to offload him and the player himself wanted to exit Liverpool but now things are taking a huge turn.
Suarez is topping the goal-scorer list of the Premier League and was even being named as the captain of Liverpool during the injury and absence of Steven Gerrard. Things are changing so dramatically that Suarez and Liverpool agreed on making a contract extension.
"I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term. Without doubt the backing I have received from the Liverpool fans has influenced my decision. I am so proud to represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull on the shirt.
The manager of Barcelona, Gerardo Martino, has said that Lionel Messi doesn’t have any physical issues and he is in good shape at the moment.
In the recently played El Clasico, Messi looked off colour. He was not in any kind of rhythm and after his performance in that match; people has been speculating that the Argentinean superstar must have some kind of physical problem, but, Martino has denied those speculations.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, the Barca boss said, “The fact that Messi didn’t score in the match against Madrid is not bothering me at all because what he brings to the side is extremely vital.”
“I don’t know who is spreading these reports about Messi having physical problems. There is nothing like that. He is in fine shape.”
Barcelona have been trying to sign a central defender for the last few months especially with the knowledge that captain Carlos Puyol may not be playing in a few years. They were extremely desperate to sign PSG defender Thiago Silva, who is regarded as the best centre back in the world right now.
However, the Brazilian rejected the lure of the Catalan club and signed a new contract with PSG. Since then, they have been looking at alternatives like Chelsea defender David Luiz and Liverpool's Daniel Agger. They have been unable to make any progress in the attempts to lure these players as well.
Lionel Messi has become one of the important members of the Barcelona set up so much so that there are rumours that he played a crucial role in the arrival of the new Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino.
The Argentine was appointed as the replacement for Tito Vilanova, who announced his resignation after failing to overcome cancer. Argentine ace Messi has become the undisputed number one player in the world over the last few years. However, he has said that he had no input with him to appointing the new manager despite the fact that he is from Argentina.