Why Lionel Messi's Injury Could Be a Blessing in Disguise for Barcelona

Tre' Atkinson@@TreAtkinsonFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2013

“I am sad…but I am also angry.”

These words are how Lionel Messi described his feelings about his recent injury in an interview with Ole as reported by Goal.com. The Barcelona attacker has been ruled out of action for up to eight weeks, and its clear he isn’t happy about it.

Messi’s injury news has been a hard pill to swallow for Barcelona fans.

After several other injuries it is worrying to see the Argentine hurt again. When Messi isn’t playing it clearly shows, and now fans are understandably worried about just how much Barcelona is going to struggle without their star.

Simply put, injuries are never a good thing. No matter how minor or how serious an injury is, it is always a bad thing.

Such is the case with Lionel Messi.

However, though his injury may be bad, it could also be a blessing in disguise for La Blaugrana. As crazy as it may seem, Messi’s injury may actually end up being a profitable thing in the long run.

To begin with, it is no secret that the Argentine has been struggling for fitness for a while now. Messi always wants to play and will be on the pitch every time he possibly can.

This has been an issue that hasn’t been handled well. Many have begun to wonder if Messi has ever been 100 percent this year, and there are many reasons to believe he hasn’t.

It seems as though Messi hurries back from injuries, and that is a very dangerous game. Not only is Messi hurting Barcelona by trying to play injured, he is also putting himself at serious risk.

Yet, it seems that Messi has finally seen the danger in hurrying back from injury.

In an interview recently reported by The Independent, Messi made it clear that this time he would take the time to recover saying, “I will be back when my body tells me I’m fine and not a minute sooner.”

It sounds like this injury may have finally made Messi realize that he’s human. Even though in the past he has played in roughly every single match, Messi can now see that even he needs limitations.

However, this injury has not only changed Messi’s way of thinking, it will also likely guarantee a full recovery for the Argentine.

Barcelona is going to be without Messi for around two months. That is the bad news. The good news is that when Messi does return, he is going to be at his very best and fully fit.

The next time Messi takes a step onto the pitch, there will be no questioning if he is ready. Barcelona will not take the risk of letting him get injured again, and that may be the biggest blessing of all.

Messi’s injury may look like a terrible thing. But just imagine the importance of getting back a fully-fit and hungry Messi two months from now.

The incredible thing, though, is that Messi will not be the only player gaining something valuable from his layoff.

With the golden boy of Barcelona now out, everyone is looking for who will step up for La Blaugrana. These next few weeks will be really important for other players to grow, and that could define the season for Barcelona.

The likes of Neymar, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas will all be seeing the field a lot more with Messi out. They will have the chance to grow into new roles and become even more important for Barcelona.

While some are worried about how the Catalans will function without Messi, others are licking their lips in excitement over just how much the other stars are going to grow in his absence.

Granted, things will not be easy with Messi gone. But through the difficulties of not having Messi, other stars will have their chances to shine in Catalonia.

Just imagine how dangerous Barcelona could be in a few months when Messi does eventually come back at his best alongside the likes of Neymar and Fabregas who have had the opportunities to hone their skills in his absence.

In the next few uncertain weeks, there could be a lot of growth at Barcelona. Messi will get the time to rest that he needs while others will finally get their chances to show Barcelona what they can offer.

However, there is still one more blessing that La Blaugrana could get from Messi being gone.

For the last two years Barcelona has grown dangerously reliant on Messi. For long stretches it has seemed as though when Messi couldn’t produce magic, the Catalans were hopeless.

Though that reliance on Messi still exists in a smaller form, it will have to be done away with during his absence.

The club can no longer rely on Messi to save them in tough games, and the players will learn how to adapt and produce. This could be the greatest lesson learned all year and may even save Barcelona down the road.

It is time to face the truth. Messi will not be playing for Barcelona for the next two months.

Fans have to accept that and then move on. The focus cannot be on what Barcelona is missing from Messi being gone. Fans have to look at the positive and what La Blaugrana is actually gaining from this time of tragedy.

Yes, it is sad that Messi will not be around for a while. But at the same time this injury could be a major blessing in disguise and the turning point that the Catalan club has needed.

So for now let’s all look ahead at what could be. Messi will return, and when he does Barcelona could be better than ever.

Sometimes it takes the most difficult situations to produce the most beautiful things. Barcelona will survive and this trying moment may actually make them better.


Could Messi's injury be a blessing in disguise? How could his absence help the Catalans? Will Barcelona suffer too much without him? Leave your thoughts and comments below!


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