During the first half of a match against Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi left with an apparent leg injury. This comes after Messi netted the first goal of the game during the 38th minute of a 2-2 draw.
Should Messi miss a limited period of time, Barcelona will be able to survive his absence.
With that being said, Barcelona has minimal reason to panic. Although a long-term injury would be devastating, Barca has one of the deepest rosters in the world with an abundance of star power.
They may not be Messi, but Barcelona's front line is as powerful as any—with or without the goal-scoring guru.
David Villa is one of the most respected scorers in the world, having dominating the competition at the club and international levels. Villa has 31 goals in 70 appearances with Barcelona—most of which have come alongside Messi.
Whether temporarily or over a long period of time, Villa will now be able to reprise his role as a go-to goalscorer.
Furthermore, Barcelona's greatest strength is the depth of their midfield. With players such as Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona should be able to control possession against any caliber of opponent.
Did we mention that Iniesta is a former La Liga National Player of the Year?
Furthermore, Barcelona has an elite defensive backfield with the likes of Gerard Pique and Dani Alves, and it doesn't hurt that five-time Zamora Trophy winner Victor Valdes is in net.
With or without Messi and Carles Puyol, Barca can win in the short-term—the key is that last part.
Barcelona needs Messi back for the long-term, specifically if Puyol is to continue rehabilitation. They have entered the realm of "title or failure," which is a direct result of possessing a superstar scorer.
Some things transcend sport, ladies and gentlemen. Being able to win in the short-term and fall in the long-term without a star is one of those things.
That is the case for Barcelona without Messi.
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