Barcelona Locker Room’s Reaction to Lionel Messi Exit Finally Revealed by Sergi Roberto

Published 12/12/2023, 9:19 AM EST

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The departure of Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona was a moment that left several fans devastated. It was also a heartbreaking moment for the Argentine himself as he broke down in tears during his farewell press conference. Additionally, the impact on his teammates was also profound, as Messi’s former teammate, Sergi Roberto recently spoke about the atmosphere in the locker room after their ‘best player’ left.

Messi, who spent 20 years with the Catalan Giants, left an indelible mark on the club’s history. With a staggering 672 goals, he became Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer and led the team to an era of unparalleled success, including two trebles. However, his departure changed everything and for Roberto, it was like “starting from scratch.”

Sergi Roberto talks about the void left by Lionel Messi


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The Spanish defender recently sat down in an interview with SPORT. Here he opened up about what it was like for him and his fellow players to see the departure of Lionel Messi. The 31-year-old started by expressing his admiration for La Pulga.


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“Leo Messi is the best player in the history of the club and the best player in history,” said Sergi Roberto. “You always expect to see him the next day in training and suddenly he’s not there.” The Spaniard further added, “It’s as if the club is starting from scratch. He is part of all the best things that have happened to Barça in recent years.” 

The revelation by Roberto reveals how the 36-year-old’s departure marked the end of an era and forced the team to find a new path forward. Recently, Barcelona’s Ilkay Gundogan also echoed similar sentiments regarding the need for patience following Lionel Messi’s exit.

Ilkay Gundogan believes success will be a slow process after Messi’s exit


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In a recent interview, Gundogan highlighted the loss of influential figures within the club and emphasized that regaining past glories will take time. In his words, “Barcelona recently lost figures who shaped an era in the club, such as Leo Messi. So success will not come overnight.”

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Seeing these statements from both Roberto and Gundogan it is clear that Barca still grapples with the absence of Lionel Messi. It will be interesting to see how the team pushes on, moving forward in the absence of their best player ever.


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Saransh Chauhan


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My name is Saransh Chauhan and I am an experienced soccer writer at EssentiallySports. With over a year of experience at EssentiallySports, I have covered various aspects of the magnificent sport. While I strive to provide comprehensive coverage of core sports topics, I also explore off-court and entertainment subjects.
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