Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain “ripped out” the soul of Barcelona, former Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated after the Blaugrana’s heavy Champions League defeat to the Bundesliga champions.
Barca could have prevented one other demolition job by the hands of Bayern, who defeated them 8-2 within the Champions League quarter-finals 13 months in the past, however Tuesday’s 3-0 loss was a damning indictment of the gulf between them and the groups more likely to problem for European membership soccer’s greatest prize this time period.
It was the primary time since Opta information started (2003-04) that Barca have didn’t get a shot on course in a Champions League sport, and Bayern’s superiority condemned Ronald Koeman’s males to 3 successive house defeats within the competitors for the primary time.
Barcelona’s crippling monetary state – which has seen their money owed strategy €1.4billion – has contributed to a state of affairs the place such heavy losses to Europe’s elite are not a shock.
Previous to 2020-21, Barca had solely ever misplaced two Champions League house video games by three or extra targets however that has occurred 3 times since – with Messi not there, many would count on their customary to proceed plummeting.
Barca had been unable to maintain Messi as a consequence of wage cap restrictions and Rummenigge sees a hole shell of a membership left with out him.
Talking to Bild TV, Rummenigge – who left his function as Bayern CEO earlier this 12 months – stated: “Once you appeared on the staff and the way they carried out tactically… with Messi [leaving], their souls had been ripped out. They’re dealing with tough instances.
“They needed to let him depart, however LaLiga scored an personal aim with it [his departure].”
Rummenigge was requested if bringing Messi to Bayern was ever a chance, however he pointed to the Barca’s monetary mismanagement across the six-time Ballon d’Or winner that made signing him unimaginable.
“That couldn’t be, that was not a topic [considered],” he continued. “You possibly can’t take into consideration that.
“His wage is at such dizzying heights, and don’t overlook, this has a knock-on impact. Then the others need extra too.
“That has resulted in Barcelona having staggering money owed.”
However whereas Barca are left tending to an institutional disaster, their bitter rivals Actual Madrid look like in a far much less dire state of affairs.
Though membership president Florentino Perez pressured Madrid soccer was operating out of cash earlier this 12 months when he fronted up the tried formation of a European Tremendous League, Los Blancos had been comfy sufficient to lodge bids of at the very least €160m for PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.
PSG didn’t entertain any presents however the Frenchman will turn out to be a free agent subsequent 12 months and Rummenigge believes there’s a sturdy change each he and Erling Haaland might find yourself in Madrid in 2022, moderately than the Norwegian going to Bayern.
“[Robert] Lewandowski is the very best centre-forward on the earth. Haaland is the second greatest,” he stated. “I feel Bayern is involved in Robert staying after his contract expires in 2023. Haaland is an funding.
“I don’t assume he’s going to Liverpool. I do know the proprietor very effectively and he isn’t identified for forking out.
“With Haaland, I wouldn’t rule Actual Madrid out. Possibly they’ll open the chequebook a bit of extra in the summertime and presumably get Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.”