Watching the mercurial Leo Messi last night just highlighted the irony. The finest team of this generation has already surrendered it’s local league in early February. That’s before Tottenham or Schalke.
Barcelona football team can can blame the moneymen as Barcelona football enterprises for this. By collaborating with Real Madrid in creating the most economically tilted major league in Europe, severely crippling the country’s 2nd tier clubs, they have created a competition that puts a premium on consistency and not quality.
They have also thrown away their competitive advantage of having so many home-grown stars. Real need these endless resources to field a competitive team. Barcelona doesn’t.
Barcelona football is paying the price for Barcelona business.