Recently, Barca started the 2021/22 La Liga campaign with a match against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou. This was the Blaugrana’s first La Liga match since the Messi era. However, coach Ronald Koeman’s army also got a crispy victory with the final score 4-2. The people who scored for Barca were Pique, Braithwaite brace and Sergi Roberto respectively.
Despite winning convincingly, but it seems that it is not enough for Barca fans to ease Messi’s nostalgia. Accordingly, 20,384 spectators at the Camp Nou simultaneously chanted Messi’s name in the 10th minute of the game, and raised the Argentine superstar’s number 10 shirt. Not only that, a series of banners expressing admiration and gratitude for El Pulga were also prepared by Barca fans and filled the stands at Camp Nou.
Barca fans pay tribute to Messi in the stands
In addition to good words for their great legend, Barca fans also did not forget to spread banners aimed directly at current president Joan Laporta and predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu. The reason given is because these two characters made Messi leave Barca in bitterness.
Many opinions have suggested that Laporta is a “scam” when he deceived the fans that he would keep Messi at all costs, that this 58-year-old lawyer used Messi as a powerful weapon to win the presidency. club president.
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“There is Barca but no Laporta” and “Laporta, slave of Florentino Perez”, are among the messages on those banners.
And also banners criticizing the president Joan Laporta
Besides, when the names of the players were read in the starting line-up before the match, Gerard Pique received a standing ovation from the stands. Barca fans feel extremely grateful for the significant salary reduction of the Spaniard so that the club can register rookies Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.
Meanwhile, Jordi Alba received a lot of boos and whistles when this player was one of the names that refused to reduce his salary despite being persuaded by the club to go to the water.