The former defender says the club relies on their superstar too much, leading to their La Liga failings this season
Former Barcelona defender Albert Ferrer says that the club is too reliant on Lionel Messi’s brilliance and lacks the depth to truly compete at the top level.
Barcelona failed to win La Liga for only the second time in six seasons as Messi and Co. were beaten to the title by Real Madrid.
The domestic failings come on the heels of several years of continental failures, with notable collapses against Roma and Liverpool sending the club crashing out of the Champions League.
Although Barca remain active in this season’s competition, it has been a campaign where the club’s weaknesses have come to light, even if the magnificent Messi has been able to hide some of those weaknesses.
The forward became the first player in La Liga history to fire at least 20 goals while providing at least 20 assists, with the Barca star finishing on 25 league goals while surpassing Xavi’s record with 21 assists this season.
But Ferrer says that the Argentinian star won’t be able to do that forever, even if the former defender does believe that Messi, who has been linked to Inter in recent weeks, will remain with the club for the rest of his career.
“I’m not too worried about how Leo has been feeling – we expect that because he is a winner,” Ferrer told FourFourTwo.
“He wants to compete for everything, and win the Champions League. I think he will be at Barcelona until he retires. He loves Barcelona, the team, the club.
“It’s a unique situation. No other team can say they depend so much on someone. Barcelona needs to become independent of Leo Messi, but he is still the best, and the moment you give him the ball, he does something with it.
“It’s a good sign that Barcelona still have Messi, but other players need to play more, so not everything has to go through him. It may be difficult to mark Leo, but sometimes he is surrounded, so you need other ways.
“Barcelona need to make other players very important too, and do something different to help him. But they have some good options with the likes of Ansu Fati now.”