Former Barcelona player, Sylvinho admits that there is an apparent decline in performance from a Lionel Messi. However, his presence was still able to open wide opportunities for the club to win the Champions League.
In the last few seasons, Barcelona has often presented a number of internal and external problems. As a result it affects their achievements on the field.
This season for example, Messi et al failed to defend the Spanish La Liga title after losing to compete with Real Madrid.
It is undeniable that this failure was also caused by the declining performance of the Blaugrana players, including the captain, Lionel Messi.
This is evident from the existing statistics, where Messi ‘only’ scored 25 goals this season in the Spanish La Liga event with a score of 21 assists.
Messi’s sharpness this season has declined. He ‘only’ pack 25 goals only. Even though, on the other hand the number of assists has increased.
Messi has indeed experienced decline, but Sylvinho feels his presence remains very important for Barcelona. In fact, with Messi, the club is more likely to become European Champions League champions.
“Even just a little Messi is still a great Messi. He is still the best. He can change the game in seconds, ”
“He got the ball, bluh, bluh, bluh, bluh, goal! A team with players like that, watch out, maybe they can win it,” he said to The Guardian.
Sylvinho, who had experienced the experience of being a Messi teammate in Barcelona, saw nothing change from the Argentinian mega star.
“He used to be the same as now in many ways. He didn’t talk much, he relaxed, he would just practice and go home. He has a great family behind him,” he said.
When Messi was young, Sylvinho and the Senior players in Barcelona did feel that he had great talent. But, no one guessed that the player would win the most Ballon d’Or.
“We know it is something different, very different. But it’s a lie to say we think: this person will win six Ballon d’Or awards, you never know what will happen,” he said.