Lionel Messi was subbed on during the second half of Barcelona's 0-0 draw with Benfica (via Goal). The night should have been one of history, but it ended in terror.
Leo Messi hit the ground after nearly beating the keeper and grasping his left leg; the Camp Nou went silent.
He was eventually carted off the pitch, leaving many clues to worry over their injured star. The club has yet to give a formal statement on the extent of his injury, but plans must begin if Messi will see an extended absence.
We all wish Messi the best and I personally hope to see him recover in time to not miss any games. But in the world of football, you must be ready for anything.
Let's take a look at the possible players who can fill in for Messi if he is to miss time due to this unfortunate injury.