Lionel Messi is irreplaceable, yet comparisons persist for Barcelona’s 16-year-old prodigy, Lamine Yamal.
The parallels escalated when the young sensation made history by scoring a goal against Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, reminiscent of Messi’s extraordinary performances for the Catalan giants.
In spite of being the youngest player on the pitch at San Mamés, he consistently posed a challenge to the opposing team and emerged as Barcelona’s primary threat in a contest that concluded with their defeat in extra time.
The Spanish cup stood as Barcelona’s most promising opportunity for silverware this season. However, with this loss, Xavi is undoubtedly facing a daunting task in retaining his position.
Struggling and lacking form in the league, Barcelona now face a substantial challenge in attempting to surpass the teams ahead of them. Their current standing is far from that of a significant contender for the Champions League.
Barcelona’s precarious financial situation has raised the prospect of selling some of their key players. There is growing interest from Liverpool in securing Yamal as a potential long-term replacement for Mo Salah, according to Fichajes.
The report also states that fierce competition for Yamal’s services is expected from Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea respectively.
Joan Laporta, Barca’s president, is likely eager to retain Yamal, recognising his potential significance for the club’s future success. Despite Laporta’s intentions, market dynamics may ultimately influence the decision-making process.