Juan Sebastian Veron has revealed that Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi is uncomfortable at Barcelona.
Barcelona have been unable to recover from the memory of a trophyless 2019-20 campaign in the early stages of the new season, picking up just seven points from a possible 15 in La Liga.
To make matters worse, Messi has not scored a single goal from open play in his last six appearances for the club, with two successful penalties doing little to silence those who believe he is no longer fully committed to the collective cause at Camp Nou.
Veron thinks Barca are in the middle of a transitional period which is hampering Messi’s ability to perform, and that Ronald Koeman has yet to figure out the best way to utilise a talismanic performer’s talents in the final third of the pitch.
“I see him with a lot of discomfort playing in a team in transition,” the former Argentine international told Ole. “In all of these years at Barcelona he was a key player but now they’re in transition, they have a lot of spare parts and are trying to find an identity.
“It seems clear to me that, to a certain extent, the club haven’t been able to provide Leo [with the right team-mates], especially in their formation and as a team.
“This, somehow, has gone against him. He’s a player who has always tried to be competitive and stay at the very top.”