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Messi's Role At Barca To Change?

Lionel Messi's Role At FC Barcelona To Change?

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 10, 2018 07:25 AM @KurtLaduma

Spanish giants FC Barcelona are said to be on the verge of signing one of Europe's most gifted attackers. Could this mean that the Catalan club's and LaLiga's all-time top goalscorer Lionel Messi's role at the club will be affected?

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Under manager Ernesto Valverde, Barca have used the 4-4-2 formation for most of the season, with Messi partnering Luis Suarez up front.

Only on a couple of occasions has the manager tweaked his preferred system to accommodate new signing Ousmane Dembele, who has sometimes formed part of a three-man attack – a system the club's supporters are more accustomed to seeing.

Barca's reported interest in Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann has now got many people talking about how Valverde will set up with the Frenchman on their books, and whether or not it will mean that Messi will drop deeper. With age, the Argentine has naturally played most of his football in a more central position, as opposed to on the right side of attack where he caused eternal damage to many left backs.

It is a common assumption in Spain that the Albiceleste superstar will eventually move into midfield, where he could play an Andres Iniesta or Xavi Hernandez role, and to prolong his career, it might be best for him. Along with the goals he has scored, over the years Messi has shown incredible passing ability, and boasts an assists record that any playmaker in the world would be proud to have.

The Argentine has set up 248 goals since his breakthrough into Barca's senior side in 2005, and has the most assists in LaLiga history (173). If he did play in midfield, Messi would undoubtedly still contribute with goals of his own, but for him to venture forward, a tactical tweak might be required.  

Many times this season, the Blaugrana have started LaLiga matches with four midfielders, but two of them played different roles to the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets, who holds his pivot position.

The other two players in the engine room, often Paulinho/Philippe Coutinho and Iniesta, would be allowed more freedom to get forward, and it is perhaps one of those roles Messi could play if Barca do sign Griezmann.

The Frenchman is typically a forward, but can play in deeper positions and wide, but the Catalan club will want to take advantage of his young legs, especially considering both Suarez and Messi are in their thirties.

It is, of course, possible that Valverde might want Griezmann to join Messi and Suarez in a forward trio, and use Dembele as an impact player. If that is the case, Coutinho then would likely take the place of Iniesta in that left-sided central role in midfield.

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Whether or not it will be next season, the Catalan club's supporters can expect their superstar to gradually drift into a deeper role as the years go on. We already see Messi collect the ball in his own half at times.

Do you think that if Barca sign Griezmann, Messi will move into midfield? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Zakes_07 Joined: 15 May 2018
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Zakes_07 May 15, 2018 04:41 PM
Messi is the best, he can play anywhere unlike Ronaldo.
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Ricworld May 11, 2018 08:37 PM
Nothing is gonna change! In Messi we got Xavi,Iniesta,Penaldo you name them....the only question is who is gonna handle to play alongside the best player ever! Ask Ibra or Ronaldinho.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 10, 2018 01:07 PM
Messi's role will never be affected even if we can sign Penaldo he will come second to Messi
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 10, 2018 01:06 PM
Useless meaningless news
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Mentashe May 10, 2018 12:22 PM
THAT'S THE SAME QUESTION YOU ASKED WHEN NEYMAR GOT TO BARCELONA.
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MfanoYellow May 10, 2018 10:01 AM
He has always been the player recruiter over the years, deciding on which players to be gotten rid of or bought.
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nazzi the second May 10, 2018 09:22 AM
EDITOR IF YOU GOING TO WASTE OUR TIME RATHER GIVE US A WARNING, COZ CLEARLY THIS IS JUST YOUR OPINION
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chinyama May 10, 2018 09:08 AM
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lucky555 May 10, 2018 09:07 AM
Messi is Messi no one is near him even the a goal scorer knws that Messi don't score nd assists only but his a creative force thts why his miles away from the rest nd it won't be a prblm to him to play as a middle field coz his got that quality in him
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Boris Becker May 10, 2018 08:42 AM
Messi is God.
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barca-baccaneers May 10, 2018 08:05 AM
Bring him we waiting for him
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KK-kELLS May 10, 2018 07:59 AM
Messi will never change his playing position n so is his coach... why try n fix something that's not broken...
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Munangwangwa May 10, 2018 07:49 AM
Lionel "God of football "messi.. christiano the greatest player of all time ronaldo..

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