What Will The Post-Messi Barcelona look like?

"A cycle has come to an end, and we are now entering a transition period," said club president Joan Laporta on May 19, with the LaLiga title out of reach for Barça. Moreover, the club president, dissatisfied with the team's collapse at a critical juncture in the season, issued a warning to the first-team squad, saying, "We will renew the squad to make it more competitive, allowing us to fight for huge trophies."

Further, losing was not acceptable at FC Barcelona, as Laporta was sending a message. The team had let the league title slip through their fingers, and it would cost them the crown. However, with time, it became evident that the revolution was not going to happen. The team's backbone is all tied down to long-term contracts, and there's no option to sell expensive players that don't pan out.

Moreover, while they are all excellent players, Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Memphis, and Emerson. However, they do not represent a revolution. Further, the roster has been built similarly to that of the Bartomeu period, with two notable exceptions: the players except Emerson have joined on free transfers, and their salaries are in keeping with the current financial circumstances.

Additionally, the revolution has finally arrived, against all obstacles. It arrived at the eleventh hour, following the unexpected departure of a player. Even Laporta, who spent much of his presidential campaign attempting to persuade Messi to commit his future to the club, could not have predicted the events of last week. Also, Perhaps naively, Laporta had asserted that it was conceivable. He also stated that keeping Messi and registering the new summer additions would be achievable. 

After all, Laporta's prediction of a new cycle came true, and it came as bad news often does: unexpectedly and without warning. After Messi joined PSG, Barça struggled to regain their composure. Moreover, the good news is that, like last season, the new generation of young players is eager to contribute to the news cycle.

Further, Pedri is the face of this new generation, and after great performances at the European Championships and the Olympics this summer, he has emerged as the key hope of the post-Messi era. Also, Ansu Fati will play a significant role in the coming years, while defenders like Araujo and Eric Garcia figure to have many years ahead of them at Barça's backline.

Adding further, Griezmann and De Jong, both established first-team players, will have to step up this season. In addition to Leo Messi's sudden departure, Koeman has injuries to Ter Stegen, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembélé, Clement Lenglet, and Oscar Mingueza. However, Frenkie De Jong, on the other hand, will be subjected to a late fitness test. Meanwhile, it's unclear whether Memphis and Eric Garcia would be able to join the team in time for their league debut.