Lionel Messi is carrying too much of the creative burden at Barcelona


Lionel Messi scored the goal that puts Barcelona in pole position to progress from their Champions League tie with Chelsea. But the feeling persists that Ernesto Valverde’s system puts too much of the onus on one man, writes Adam Bate from Stamford Bridge.
Lionel Messi finally got that long-awaited goal, his first against Chelsea in nine attempts. The late equaliser at Stamford Bridge ensured Barcelona remain big favourites to progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League. But the manner of the performance raised doubts over the wisdom of Ernesto Valverde putting so much of the burden on his star player.
Messi’s output this season is remarkable. The top scorer in La Liga with 20 goals, he has also provided more assists for his team-mates than anyone else in Spain too. Contrary to that idle old cliché that argues the exact opposite, if anybody else other than the great man had been clocking up such numbers, nobody would be able to stop talking about them.