In 47 appearances in all competitions last season for Barcelona, Lionel Messi was directly involved in 50 goals (38 goals, 12 assists). Despite a not really successful season, Messi and his teammates still got the 31st King’s Cup in history.
Depending too much on the captain for many recent seasons, the Catalan team hopes to receive more contributions from other stars.
Let’s take a look at 5 Barcelona players who can ease Messi’s burden in the upcoming season.
Barcelona’s financial difficulties make it so that coach Ronald Koeman does not have much money to buy early before the new season.
Dembele didn’t play bad last season
So available players like Ousmane Dembele will play an important role for the Blaugrana. Despite frequent injuries, the 24-year-old has shown his talent in a Barcelona shirt. In 118 appearances in all competitions, Dembele has been directly involved in 51 goals (30 goals, 21 assists).
The Frenchman has performed well this past season, with 11 goals and five assists in 44 appearances. He can provide creativity from the wing for Lionel Messi, Aguero and Depay.
The player who graduated from La Masia furnace is expected to be Messi’s heir in the future. Ansu Fati is one of the brightest young talents in Europe and has made 43 appearances for Barcelona so far.
Fati was particularly outstanding in his 2019/20 debut for the club, scoring eight goals and providing one assist in 33 appearances. The young Spaniard has had a dream start to the 2020/21 season, with 5 goals and 4 assists in just 10 games. However, his season was cut short by a meniscus injury.
Fati is yet to return from injury but is expected to feature soon in the new season. If he can return to full fitness, Fati can create beautiful combinations with Messi.
Fati is about to recover from his injury
Frenkie De Jong
Frenkie De Jong is the second most expensive transfer in Barcelona history. Despite a rough start at the Nou Camp, the Dutch international quickly showed his talent. With the ability to accurately pass the ball and skillful dribbling skills, De Jong can control and regulate the play from the midfield.
At the age of 24, De Jong is increasingly experienced in competition. Barcelona fans hope he will soon emerge as a true world-class footballer in the upcoming season.
The Dutchman took some time to adjust to the new environment and adapt to the new way of playing, but is now one of the irreplaceable names. During the 2020/21 season, De Jong made 51 appearances for the Blaugrana.
De Jong is now the mainstay of Barcelona
Memphis Depay is one of Barcelona’s top targets in the summer transfer window of 2021, and coach Koeman has successfully convinced him to come to the Nou Camp.
The former MU player has found his best form in Ligue 1. While playing for Olympique Lyon, Depay scored 76 goals and provided 56 assists in 178 appearances.
Depay is expected to add flair, creativity and goals to Barcelona, which will allow Lionel Messi to play more freely.
Depay integrates well after the first 2 matches
The Man City legend will enter a new challenge after 10 glorious years at the Etihad Stadium.
This is not the first time Sergio Aguero has played in Spain, as he played for Atletico Madrid for five years from 2006 to 2011. A lot has changed since that time, when Aguero is now 33 years old. is one of the greatest goalscorers of modern football.
A top-class striker like Aguero’s support will help Messi reduce the burden of scoring, and Aguero’s ball skills will also help Depay, Dembele and Messi a lot. The experience and talent of the Argentine striker will certainly bring many benefits to Barcelona next season.
Aguero is expected to share the task of scoring with Messi