Liverpool Nou Camp moment which began Lionel Messi's Barcelona 'disenchantment'


Lionel Messi’s well-publicised frustrations at Barcelona reportedly all began with Ousmane Dembele’s horror miss in the first leg of their Champions League tie against Liverpool in 2019.

Messi is known to be disillusioned with life at the Nou Camp, and sensationally attempted to leave the club this summer, but was forced to stay after a clause in his contract permitting him to depart at the end of the season was found to have expired.

His desire to win the Champions League again is known to be a big factor in his eagerness to leave, with Barcelona repeatedly disappointing in the competition over the past few seasons.

Ousmane Dembele somehow spurned a glorious opportunity in the dying minutes of the game at the Nou Camp

In 2018 they blew a 4-1 first leg lead to draw 4-4 on aggregate with Roma in the quarter-finals and were knocked out on away goals.

Messi was clearly wary of history repeating itself last season, and with Barca 3-0 up against Liverpool at the Nou Camp in the semi-finals Dembele had a golden chance to effectively kill the tie in the last minute but miskicked his shot, leaving Messi to slump to the floor in frustration.

Although most thought the miss would not matter, Messi told reporters after the game: “The last chance for Dembele was clear-cut. Four goals would have been better than three.”

The rest was history, as Liverpool made a stunning comeback to win the second leg at Anfield 4-3, with Barcelona collapsing for the second successive season.

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Lionel Messi sunk to the ground in frustration after the miss

According to ESPN, a number of sources have pinpointed that Dembele miss as the moment the cracks in Messi’s relationship with Barcelona started to show, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner correctly predicting that he would not be able to trust his defence to keep out Liverpool in the return game.

And the 8-2 humbling by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals in the 2019-20 season proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, with Messi demanding his transfer just a week after the game.

Unless the Catalan giants can somehow win the competition this time around, it seems highly unlikely Messi will stick around for another attempt.





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