″ Chain immediately. No rapist can be applauded ″

Brazilian minister defends that Robinho has to go to prison. At issue is a case of violation.

The Brazilian Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights, Damares Alves, defended that the Brazilian player Robinho, convicted in Italy for sexual violence, go to jail “immediately”.

“Jail immediately, I have no other word to say. There is still appeal, but the leakage of audios … What else do you want? Jail. No rapist can be applauded. He wants to go back to the field to pose as a hero,” he said. the minister to the press in Brasilia, indignant about the matter.

Last week, Robinho, a former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan player, saw his signing for Santos, the Brazilian club where he graduated, be suspended after pressure from the sponsors due to his nine-year prison sentence against him .

The 36-year-old Brazilian international veteran was sentenced in 2017 to nine years in prison by a Milan court for his alleged involvement in a collective sexual rape against a 23-year-old girl of Albanian origin. The support crime took place in 2013 in a nightclub in the Italian city. Robinho guarantees that he is innocent and that the sex was consensual with the woman.

Despite these problems with the courts, Santos announced on the 10th of April that Robinho would return for a symbolic salary, which generated a wave of criticism and the threat of several of his sponsors, who subsequently forced the club’s management to cancel the hiring.

Minister Damares, who is an evangelical pastor and also a victim of sexual rape as a child, praised Santos’ decision to terminate the contract with the athlete.

“This is a crime that deserves no consideration for the abuser, the rapist. (…) He has to serve the sentence that is established, either there or here, immediately,” added Damares Alves.

In the midst of all the controversy, the GloboEsporte portal published the transcripts of the telephone conversations that the Italian court used to condemn Robinho, in which the footballer said he did not “care” for the situation, because “the woman was completely drunk “.

“The feeling that that (transcription of the audios) caused me was nausea, I felt like throwing up. It was fatal to read what I read from a player of that dimension”, stressed the minister.

However, the sentence issued by the Italian court is not final and can be appealed, so Robinho still cannot be arrested.

The Federal Constitution also prohibits the extradition of Brazilians born in the South American country, although, eventually, the authorities of both countries may reach an agreement to serve the sentence in Brazilian territory.


Götze with goal in the first game for PSV Eindhoven – Sport

Mario Götze had made a long run on the way to his first goal in a new league. His team had actually already lost the ball. But suddenly, as the repetitions showed, Götze, who had run forward from the middle of the field, accelerated again and ran after the ball, which a Zwolle player had returned too short to the goalkeeper. Götze needed two ball contacts, grabbing the ball and pulling it past the goalkeeper, one, shooting into the goal with the outer instep, two, then he was able to celebrate the 1-0 after eight minutes. At the TV station WE PSV coach Roger Schmidt gave the goal the attribute it deserved: “It was a clever goal.”

If afterwards a “dream debut” was written for Mario Götze, then that was probably a bit much of the superlative, after all it was a relatively normal league game of PSV, which did not have to play against Real Madrid, but against the table ninth PEC Zwolle. But a very decent first game, that Götze had definitely shown in the 3-0 of his team this Sunday.

He was “happy to be back on the field,” said Götze, 28, on television, “that was very, very important for me after the last few weeks and months”. Wanting to play football again, that was one of the main topics he talked about when he was introduced a week and a half ago. He had only played 30 minutes across all competitions at BVB this year, sometimes three, sometimes ten, sometimes eleven minutes. Now it was 67 minutes, mostly in the right-offensive position. That Götze played from the start was quite surprising. He was only introduced almost a week and a half ago, and he played his last competitive game five months ago. When asked about it on TV, Schmidt said that Götze had to play in order to get in good shape.

It’s not that PSV’s offensive wouldn’t be competitive without Götze. With Donyell Malen, Cody Gakpo, Mauro Junior and Mohamed Ihattaren there are many talents to be found there. There were even discussions about the consequences of Götze’s change for the highly gifted 18-year-old Ihattaren. But that he can give the team something was shown at 1-0 and beyond. The Eredivisie have added “a clever player and a quick thinker”, stated that Algemeen Dagblad.

And with regard to the talents in the squad, the newspaper said: “If you are open to it, you can learn a lot this season from someone who has already made it to the top internationally”. Wherever other players played bad passes, Götze showed his great ball safety. Once he freed himself from the distress of an opponent with a tunnel, an action that was by no means a trick of the trick, but technically fine and profitable at the same time. “He made a good game, it was a very good start here at PSV”, stated coach Schmidt.

In addition to Schmidt and Götze, two other German players, Timo Baumgartl and Philipp Max, were involved in PSV’s success. Max prepared Gakpo 2-0 with a pass in the middle, but slipped in another scene, which initiated a dangerous Zwolle attack. Baumgartl then straddled in the last instance and caused a penalty, which the goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, borrowed from Leipzig, held. And then there was another story about a prominent ex-Bundesliga professional that match day: This player, who was injured on his comeback at the beginning of the season, was substituted on in Groningen after 76 minutes. His name: Arjen Robben.


Atlético ready for Bayern – Real and Barça lose – Sport

The two Spanish top clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona suffered surprising defeats one after the other on Saturday. Champions and leaders Real lost with 0: 1 (0: 1) against newly promoted FC Cadiz, Barcelona failed a little later with a 0: 1 (0: 0) at Getafe. Jaime Mata (56th) scored a penalty against the Barça team around world footballer Lionel Messi, who still fell into ninth place with seven points. Getafe climbed to second place – ahead of Cadiz. In the Champions League, Barcelona will play against Ferencváros Budapest on Tuesday.

Real is challenged in the premier class on Wednesday against Shakhtar Donetsk – the dress rehearsal failed strongly. Coach Zinédine Zidane made four changes during the break. Anthony Lozano (16th) scored the only goal of the game. Real’s German international Toni Kroos was replaced in the 78th minute. After the Champions League, the Primera División will face the Clásico between Barcelona and Real next weekend.

Atlético Madrid meanwhile managed a successful dress rehearsal for the start of the Champions League at Bayern. Four days before the match in Munich, coach Diego Simeone’s team won 2-0 (1-0) at Celta Vigo. Luis Suárez, who moved from FC Barcelona to Madrid in the summer, scored on Saturday in the sixth minute after a nice combination to give the Rojiblancos the lead – his third goal in the fourth league game for Atlético. Vigos Sergio Carreira hit the post in the first half in the penalty area (26th). Yannick Carrasco (90. + 5) scored the goal for the final score shortly before the end.

Werner and Havertz score all goals for Chelsea

Despite Timo Werner and Kai Havertz’s first Premier League goals, Chelsea missed a home win against Southampton FC. At 3: 3 (2: 1), coach Frank Lampard’s team only gambled away the victory in stoppage time. Werner had previously managed a double (43rd / 57th minute) against the team of his former trainer at RB Leipzig, Ralph Hasenhüttl.

After Danny Ings (43rd) – after Havertz lost the ball – and Che Adams (57th), Havertz (59th) shot the Blues again in the lead after the guests from Southampton were equalized. But the former Gladbacher Jannik Vestergaard (90. + 2) equalized shortly before the final whistle. Chelsea showed great weaknesses in defense. In particular, the controversial goalkeeper Kepa, who played for the injured Eduard Mendy, again made serious mistakes and played a major role in the goals conceded.

On Saturday evening, national goalkeeper Bernd Leno suffered the second defeat of the season with Arsenal. At Manchester City, the Gunners were defeated 0: 1 (0: 1). For the team of Pep Guardiola, which recorded the second success of the season on the comeback of the substitute Ilkay Gündogan after surviving corona infection, captain Raheem Sterling met (23rd).


Football and Corona: In an emergency with the goalkeeper coach – sport

Perhaps Andrei Shevchenko briefly came up with the idea of ​​nominating himself. It wouldn’t have been as completely absurd as it sounds at first. Shevchenko, Ukraine’s national coach and undisputed best striker in the country’s history, is 44 years old, just two years older than Claudio Pizarro, who, according to media reports, stopped playing football in the summer. Shevchenko is above all a year younger than Alexander Schowkowski, his goalkeeping coach, whom he actually nominated and put on the bench for the friendly against France on Wednesday.

The message went a bit under in Germany, but sometimes it helps to change the frame of reference. What would the debate have been like if Manuel Neuer, Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp had tested positive for Corona and Joachim Löw had put Andreas Köpke on the bench for a friendly? Wouldn’t it have been a little right to ask the question of meaning?

The pandemic is picking up speed again across Europe and because football is still part of the real world despite everything, it is also affected. For a while things went relatively smoothly, seasons were played to the end, a Champions League winner was chosen and a new season started – like all other areas of life, football benefited from the good situation in summer. But the problem with exponential growth is that things can suddenly happen very quickly and the basis of every hygiene concept is that the infection rate is at a comparatively low level.

Due to the busy schedule, it is not possible to postpone games in large numbers

The problems are now appearing more and more frequently. In Germany, the games between Duisburg and Saarbrücken (3rd league) and between HSV and Aue (2nd league) were postponed, and the responsible health department ordered quarantine for the teams from Aue and Duisburg. The prediction that with the number of new infections increasing every day, more soccer players will be affected is not particularly daring. The problem: It is not possible to postpone games in large numbers in the already extremely tight schedule. Rather, you should put the goalkeeper coach on the bench.

The European football association Uefa has published a fairly strict set of rules. It says: If 13 players are fit, including a goalkeeper, you have to play. Only below that will a game be debated. Maccabi Tel Aviv received this paragraph with full severity – despite eleven corona cases in the squad at the top, the team had to play against Salzburg in the Champions League qualifying. Tel Aviv lost both games. Travel restrictions are also not considered a reason for a game to be canceled. Uefa obliges the clubs to point out any difficulties early on in order to find another venue in order to guarantee that the game can continue. In an emergency, the association can also score games 3-0 against a club because the club cannot compete due to Corona or has not done everything to host it. Sounds theoretical, but it happened to the clubs from Bratislava and the Kosovar teams FC Drita and Prishtina in the European Cup qualification.

The spirit with which the Uefa regulation was drafted is: It has to be played. Somehow. In the group stage of the Champions League there is at least one mini buffer. The game can be rescheduled until January 28th, the last day of the match is scheduled for December 9th.

However, the current cases show the shaky foundation on which the whole concept of “football in pandemic times” is still built. In Germany, the confirmed number of new infections is now at a level where football was unthinkable in the spring. The comparison is a bit slow, the situation is now different, you have learned a lot in dealing with the virus, you know the importance of masks, distance and hygiene regulations.

Nevertheless, it is slowly becoming clear again what ambitious goal football has set itself to continue its season more or less unchanged despite everything.


Götze at PSV: The Netherlands can’t believe it – sport

The city of Eindhoven is only three quarters of an hour’s drive across the German border. It is the largest city in the province of Noord-Brabant and therefore a corona-related risk area. So it doesn’t make sense for German soccer fans to go to Eindhoven to see the local first division club called PSV. The Philips Sport Association has become a real attraction for German fans. The club is trained by the German coach Roger Schmidt and the squad includes the German goalkeepers Lars Unnerstall and Vincent Müller, the German defenders Timo Baumgartl and Philipp Max, the German midfielder Adrian Fein and, since Tuesday evening, even the German World Cup winner from 2014, Mario Götze . The coach Schmidt, who did not find a position in domestic football after stints in Leverkusen and China, simply built up his own squad with German players 60 kilometers across the border. A player like Götze might even like the fact that you play in the Eredivisie, which is a bit more moderate overall.

Since the 28-year-old returned to BVB in 2016 after three years at Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, most of the stories about him have been about the difficult battle for recognition and a regular place. Götze didn’t really fit into the concept – even after a long illness-related absence – neither the coach Thomas Tuchel nor his successors Peter Bosz and Lucien Favre. As a result, most of the snapshots in recent years showed the offensive player Götze on the Dortmund substitute bench, and the most exciting speculations in recent months have been which club Götze will switch to after his contract with Borussia Dortmund expired in the summer.

In the end, it did not become a Bundesliga team like the clubs Hertha BSC or Bayer Leverkusen, which are reportedly interested, and it also did not become a club from one of the other four European top leagues England, Spain, Italy and France. The fact that Götze is moving to the Netherlands to a club that was last champion two and a half years ago and was last in the knockout round of the Champions League four years ago (knockout round against Atlético Madrid) – that’s surprising.

The Dutch press is enthusiastic

“We are very proud,” said PSV sporting director John de Jong, who was perhaps a bit surprised, after Götze signed a two-year contract on Tuesday evening. Götze’s reasons for moving to the Netherlands could not have been purely sporting, as emotional factors must also have played a role, such as the German coach Schmidt and the proximity to the German border. “I had a lot of offers,” Gotze was quoted as saying, “but I am an emotional person, I feel ready for a completely different challenge and I am confident that this will be a very pleasant transition for me.”

The Dutch press is enthusiastic: “Super-Stunt met Super-Mario” was the headline The Telegraph, which means something like: A trick with the German World Cup hero Mario Götze. In the text the newspaper described with relish how a PSV fan on Tuesday in front of the Philips stadium in Eindhoven a Mercedes G-Class with the registration number DO-GM-3610 (Götze’s birthday: June 3rd, last BVB shirt number: 10) and how it turned out later that evening that Götze had actually come to sign. In Eindhoven, however, the idol of ten will be numbered 27. This is also a sign that a new era is dawning for the former German soccer hero in the Netherlands.


Klaksvík is hoping for the group stage of the Europa League – Sport

Kasper Neesgaard, 22, has been running the Twitter account “Færøsk fodbold” for eight years, where he reports in English on big and small football deeds from the Faroe Islands. Last summer, his follower numbers soared because no more football was played anywhere due to Corona – except in the “Betrideildin”, the first Faroese league. The world longed for football and Neesgaard reported. About empty stadiums, goal scorers and lineups. And about KÍ Klaksvík, an association from the second largest village in the country. This evening, he is facing the greatest success in the history of Faroese football: In the playoff game against Irish club Dundalk, a team from Faroe Islands can reach the group stage of the Europa League for the first time.

SZ: Mr. Neesgaard, first Klaksvík plows through the qualification for the European Cup, then Jóan Símun Edmundsson from Bielefeld meets the first Faroese in the Bundesliga – and now the group stage of the Europa League is possible. What’s going on there?

Kasper Neesgaard: It’s really incredible. People are completely electrified. Even the opponents from the domestic league are happy for Klaksvík. Of course everyone knows that the club is also the outsider against Dundalk, but not as much as usual. It’s a historic opportunity!

With the current successes, the everlasting underdog number of the Faroe Islands can hardly be maintained …

Well, actually we really like this role. That fits our mentality. The strength of the KÍ Klaksvík team is their worker mentality, which is also reflected on the pitch. She plays physical, well-organized football – and up front is a tall Norwegian who secures the balls.

Kasper Neesgaard

Kasper Neesgaard knows a lot, if not everything, about football in the Faroe Islands – probably so does his dog.

(Photo: private)

You describe the game against Dundalk in Dublin as the greatest game in Faroese football history – have there already been victories for the national team against Austria or Greece?

The national team is at least as important. For example, she is currently in the Nations League with two wins in two games against Malta and Andorra. But when KÍ makes it into the group stage tonight, it will definitely be the greatest moment in club football here.

The sensation started with a 6-1 win against former European Cup winners Dinamo Tbilisi in the previous qualifying round. Has everyone been sober since then?

Just like that. The game took place in the capital Tórshavn because the stadium in Klaksvík does not meet Uefa standards for the Europa League. About 5000 people live in Klaksvík. You have to imagine: 600 of them received the team on their return at night in their home arena with Bengalos, noise and chants. It was a state of emergency.

What happens that evening at the game against Dundalk, which takes place in Dublin? There is public viewing in Klaksvík?

Of course, the mayor and the club organized a screen right next to the stadium. On Facebook, 600 people agreed to come again. It should even stop raining tonight!

What is KÍ Klaksvík actually for a club? You hear it is known as the “Liverpool Faroe Islands” …

This is such a running gag, yes. It is a traditional club whose successes lagged a bit before they were finally champions again after 20 years last season. Basically, they have good chances of winning the championship year after year, but in the end it took half an eternity before the next title. Almost as long as Liverpool (who became English champion again for the first time in 2020 after 30 years of waiting, editor’s note).

Everyone in the Faroe Islands is really proud of KÍ’s successful streak or are there also rival fans who turn up their noses?

The biggest rivalry is with club HB from Tórshavn. It has a long history, this duel is ours Classic, if you like. But even HB supporters are really happy now. There are also voices who fear a financial imbalance if KÍ dominates the domestic league with all the money from the Europa League.

Klaksvík is the center of fishing on the islands. Where does this great football craze come from?

They want to break away a little from their big brothers in Tórshavn, where clubs HB and B36 dominate a lot. There has always been a culture of independence in Klaksvík. For example, local companies are now investing in the football club. The demarcation to the capital has also sparked a fire in sport.

According to the cliché, every team from the Faroe Islands consists of fishermen, carpenters or cashiers, i.e. people with normal professions – how much is true?

Almost everything! This is still the case. There are only five real professionals in the KÍ team, the rest have normal jobs. But of course football has become more professional here too. There are now coaches and players from abroad here. For example, former German U21 international Kevin Schindler works as an assistant coach in Tórshavn.

What if Klaksvík packs it tonight?

When I think about it, I have to grin straight away. If they make it, it’ll be a national holiday. The mayor has announced that he will campaign for it, and I’m counting on him.


Dispute with Lampard: Mourinho’s swipes sit – sport

Frank Lampard, 42, should have been warned about José Mourinho, 57. Lampard once played for four years in midfield under his current coaching colleague Mourinho, with whom he won two championships at Chelsea FC. So Lampard could have known the tricks with which the cunning and belligerent Portuguese pestered his opponents. And as the current Chelsea coach, he should have known that Mourinho, especially in the service of Tottenham Hotspur, views his work at the former workplace with mixed feelings.

Nonetheless, Lampard let himself be carried away into a battle of words with Mourinho in the 27th minute of the League Cup round of 16 between Tottenham and Chelsea (which Tottenham won at home on penalties) on Tuesday evening. At this point in time, Chelsea were ahead thanks to the first competitive goal from German striker Timo Werner (19th). As could be heard in the empty stadium, Mourinho shouted angrily to his opponent: “Damn it, Frank, if it were 0: 3, you would not be here (in the coaching zone)!”

Mourinho’s pointed remark was aimed at Chelsea’s 3-3 in the Premier League at the weekend, when West Bromwich led 3-0 at halftime and Lampard watched the game largely resignedly from the bench after conceding goals before his team drew . Mourinho said with relish that he was sorry to have seen him “really sad and calm in his seat”. Therefore, his advice from an old to a young coach was: “Stay on the sidelines when your team is behind and keep calm when your team is ahead. We don’t need to be the protagonists when we are in the lead.”

With his statement, Mourinho Lampard made it look like someone who, well, after a season at the second division Derby County has only been working as a coach in the Premier League for 15 months.

Before the penalty shootout, the tension is written on Lampard’s face

After the game, Lampard was clearly trying to downplay the spicy incident for him. He just had “some fun on the line” with Mourinho, said Lampard, “I told him he talks more to the referee than to his players.” But Mourinho showed no mercy. Several targeted swipes further attacked his authority. Due to his services as a player, Lampard found a kind of puppy protection in the British media, until he made himself vulnerable in the past few weeks with some questionable personnel decisions and some harsh handling. This includes, for example, the demotion of the well-respected German national player Antonio Rüdiger, whom Lampard dumped at the beginning of the season and who is currently looking for a new club.

And then Mourinho tricked him before the penalty shoot-out. With ostentatious satisfaction, he ran up to Lampard to shake his hand. Before that, Mourinho had already cheered his players on the pitch and made it clear with his body language that the final result would not change the positive opinion of his team’s performance. Behind the procedure was the calculation to take away the own professionals in the nerve game from eleven meters of worry about defeat – and above all to sharpen the contrast to the situation at his ex-club. Because the tension was written on Lampard’s face, especially after the playful tour. Despite visible superiority, Eric Lamela managed to equalize for Tottenham (83rd).


Chelsea get point after 0-3 deficit – sport

A late goal saved Chelsea FC from defeat with the two national soccer players Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in the English Premier League. At the newly promoted West Bromwich Albion the Blues came on Saturday thanks to an increase in performance and a goal by Tammy Abraham (90th + 3) to a 3: 3 (0: 3). Werner was again without a goal, Havertz was unlucky after his three goals in the League Cup. Antonio Rüdiger was once again not in the Chelsea squad.

Chelsea quickly took control after the early deficit by Callum Robinson (4th minute), but couldn’t take advantage of the best opportunities, including Werner with a crossbar shot (15th). The hosts, on the other hand, were freezing. Robinson again converted a mistake by Thiago Silva to make it 2-0 (25th). Three minutes later, Kyle Bartley raised. Mason Mount (55th) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (70th) after Havertz Pass made the connection in the second half. Abraham dusted off in stoppage time to equalize.

FC Everton got off to a perfect start with coach Carlo Ancelotti. At Crystal Palace, the team of the former Bayern coach won 2: 1 (2: 1) and is provisionally at the top after their third success in the third match.

First the final whistle, then a penalty goal

Meanwhile, Manchester United averted a bad start – and in a remarkable way. In the away game at Brighton and Hove Albion, the Portuguese Bruno Fernandes scored in the tenth minute of stoppage time with a penalty to make the Red Devils 3-2 (1-1) win. The most curious thing about it wasn’t even the immensely long stoppage time – referee Chris Kavanagh had already ended the game in the 90th + 7th minute, but was then sent to the screen by the video assistant. After a brief review, Kavanagh punished a handball by Brighton’s Neal Maupay with a penalty. ManUnited, which started the season with a 1: 3 home defeat, could still look forward to the first three points of the season.

In a sometimes wild game, the later unlucky Maupay (40.) had brought the underdog into the lead – after video evidence and a foul by Fernandes. After an own goal by Lewis Dunk (43rd), a goal by Marcus Rashford (52nd) was revoked by video evidence. Rashford (55th) met the rules shortly afterwards for the lead, which Solly March (90th) equalized in the actual final minute.

Kroos replaced injured in Real win

Defending champion Real Madrid, with midfield strategist Toni Kroos in the starting line-up, clinched their first win of the season in the Spanish Primera Division. After the goalless draw at Real Sociedad San Sebastian at the start, Los Blancos won 3: 2 (1: 2) at Real Betis Sevilla. Rio world champion Kroos had to be replaced shortly before the break due to muscular problems, captain Sergio Ramos scored the winning goal with a penalty in the 82nd minute.

The record champions from Madrid had taken the lead in the 14th minute through Fede Valverde. With a double strike by Aissa Mandi (35th) and William Carvalho (37th), Betis turned the game before Emerson was unlucky. The defender underwent an own goal (48th), then saw the red card (67th) because of an emergency brake on ex-Frankfurt Luka Jovic.


Messi vs Barcelona: 790 characters Vendetta – Sport

On Friday, Lionel Messi, 33, was back on the front pages of Barcelona’s sports newspapers after an absence of several days, as a marginal figure, not as a protagonist. Together with the deputy Barça captains like Sergi Busquets or Gerard Piqué, he posed on the lawn with Luis Suárez, his friend and previous neighbor in the coastal suburb of Castelldefels, and the thirteen trophies that the Urguayer, who said goodbye in tears on Thursday, had won in six years of the Camp Nou.

By noon on Friday, there could be no doubt that Messi would hijack Saturday’s front pages. Because 21 days after his announcement that he was reluctant to stay in Barcelona, ​​Messi slipped into an avenger costume – and posted a post of 790 characters on a social network to say goodbye to Suárez, which the club again on Sunday against Villarreal before the delayed start of the season shake to the foundations. At the same time, they are probably only harbingers of a foreseeable turbulent season.

He had already got used to the idea that Suárez would leave, wrote Messi, “but it wasn’t until I got into the dressing room today that the penny really fell”. It will be difficult not to share everyday life with Luis Suárez, both on the pitch and in private, wrote Messi, “it was many years together, many matetees, lunches and dinners”. It is at least as painful to see Suárez in the Atlético Madrid jersey in the future, the center forward tried it on for the first time on Friday.

“We are at a point where nothing has surprised me for a long time”

Above all, however, Messi let his anger run wild at the Uruguayan’s departure. The subtext resembled the mood at a saloon shootout in the Wild West: “You deserve me to say goodbye to you for who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club – and not for them to throw you out. But honestly said: We’re at a point where nothing has surprised me for a long time, “said Messi. He could have garnished that with regards to the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu. But that would probably have fulfilled the facts of the tautology. It was clear enough who he meant.

A few hours later, Suaréz posted his answer: “Thank you, amigo”, and then a prompt: “Keep showing that you are not number one for nothing.” Nobody should “cast a shadow on the fact that you are a giant”. Even if it had recently become quiet about Messi: It was to be expected that he would rebel against the destruction of his domestic ecosystem. His best cabin colleagues, Suárez and Chilean Arturo Vidal, were compensated and given away to Inter Milan and Atlético respectively. All that remains is Jordi Alba. With net earnings of allegedly more than twelve million annually until 2024, severance negotiations with him were out of the question. But whether he is Messi support enough? Now that that will be the focus of interest for months?

In the short term, that’s because everyone is excited to see how Messi’s falling out with the club’s management will affect his performance. Does he play well or badly?

The Messi case is exciting in the medium and long term because his contract expires in summer 2021 and he has not yet explained what he intends to do then. The fact is: From January he can freely negotiate a transfer free of charge and thus torment the club that has just rationalized his friends away. The greatest possible torture for Barça would be to let rumors waft – or even to fire – rumors about the interest of Barça’s arch-rivals Real Madrid in Messi. Beyond that, Messi is likely to tip the scales in the presidential election. They are currently scheduled for March, but the club opposition’s vote of no confidence against Bartomeu has received great support. The examination of the more than 20,000 signatures that have been collected has not yet been completed; but if more than 16,500 are valid, as can be assumed, a referendum would have to be called among the members. A two-thirds majority would lead to a change of government at Barça.