Barcelona’s terrible summer
Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba, as well as Sergio Busquets, all had to take wage cuts to enable new signings for the 2021/22 season. The club was in serious financial trouble.
However, the biggest blow was the departure of Lionel Messi. The club couldn’t register him due to Spanish league salary caps. The Argentine, who is widely considered to be the greatest footballer ever, left the club he played for as a child and joined Paris Saint Germain as a free transfer.
The club was left with only Martin Braithwaite and Luuk de Jong, Yusuf Demir, Memphis Depay, as their fit options for their forward line.
Braithwaite is also ruled out, adding insult to injury
Barca has now been in further pain after Martin Braithwaite reportedly limped out from training due to a knee injury. According to Spanish reports, he was trying to get fit for the Champions League match with Bayern Munich. However, he injured his knee further.
Gerard Romero, a reliable Spanish reporter, said that the forward will likely miss three to four months of the season.
This further adds to the injuries the club already has, with Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati already in the hospital and not expected to return within the next month. With their shaky forward line, can Barca challenge for a title?