All Barcelona fans will be more than aware throughout the season of the first year without Messi, but also of an economy that has already left enough casualties to fully worry about the future of the club. Debt continues to be a threat that has forced cuts in all areas and the first team is undoubtedly the one who suffers the most.
Griezmann, Messi, Emerson, Pjanic, Junior Firpo, Aleña etc. Club departures have different reasons, but all involve a need to free up a little space in the expenses that the board must assume each month. The salary cuts to register the signings represented a point never seen before in the Culé economy and one more example of a team that has been devaluing in an alarming way.
Transfermarkt compared the market prices of each of the Barcelona players since 2010 and the data is alarming. La Masía will be more protagonist than ever thanks to the crisis, it is true, but it is also true that those who filled the club's showcases with trophies are not going through the best moment of their careers either. Up to 500 million euros in valuation has lost the 2019 team.
The pandemic changed everything. Bartomeu could not continue to turn a blind eye while the club bled to death thanks to a series of operations that did not produce sporting or financial results. 1095 million euros was worth the first Culé team on September 1, 2019 and now this figure does not exceed 600. Atlético de Madrid has taken that second place in Spanish LaLiga and if we look at Europe, it is close to being out of the top ten.