Barcelona attempt to repeat 2009’s historic treble, rests on the shoulders of its superstar striker, Lionel Messi. Messi remains the driving force of a talented side on the brink of repeating 2009’s historic treble, despite a change in their coach and style of football, not to mention a host of players.
The Argentine provided the magic and invention, six years ago, when Barca became the first La Liga team to win the Champions League, Spanish league and Cup in the same season. He is playing with the same panache, as they seek to repeat the feat. The Catalan giants already have the La Liga title and the King’s Cup in the bag. Their focus now , is on Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus, in Berlin.
Messi was described as unstoppable, by former Barca coach Pep Guardiola, whose Bayern Munich side were eliminated by the Spaniards in the semi-finals, and similar superlatives have been used by others tasked with trying to thwart the South American genius.
After a rather disappointing 2014, when Lionel Messi failed in his mission to win the coveted prize in the Football World Cup, for Argentina and often looked distant and uninterested on the pitch, he is once again playing with a smile on his face. This is a ominous sign for the opposition, as Messi in a good mood means a spate of goals in the offing.