It was never that bad for Messi’s Barcelona until they were mauled by Bayern Munich, leaving them wrecking in pain. From that Champions League humiliation by Bayern Munich. From irreplaceable legend Lionel Messi trying to flee in the night. From institutional and sporting failures grinding them into the ground over the past few years.
Fati, a 17 year old wonder kid winger was the ray of sunshine breaking through relentless cloud as he brightened Barcelona’s outlook in their opening fixture of the season. Even daring to suggest himself as an answer to the question which has lingered for years and has never been more crucial – what next after Messi?