- Messi was thoroughly critical of his team’s performances this season
- The Argentine forward scored a freekick on Thursday as his side lost 2-1 to Osasuna, effectively relinquishing the La Liga title
- The 32-year-old warned his side against such performances if they are to proceed further in the Champions League
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi did not hold back in his fierce criticism against his side after a lowly defeat to Osasuna confirmed an end to their La Liga title reign.
The Catalan giants succumbed to their sixth defeat of the season on Thursday night with Messi typically leaving mouths agape with a stunning free-kick but it was not enough to salvage their season.
In fact, regardless of the outcome of the game, Real Madrid was always going to secure the league title with a positive result against Villarreal.
Speaking after the match, an agitated Messi criticised his side’s overall 2019/2020 campaign insisting his side were simply “not good enough”
"We were a very erratic, very weak, low-intensity team… We lost a lot of points and today's game is a summary of the season,” he started.
In a quite unnerving post-match interview with Movistar+, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner was adamant his team’s performances this season were almost not good enough for the Champions League.
"We have to be self-critical. Starting with the players but doing a global self-criticism. We are Barca and we have to win everything. We can't look at Madrid…
"Madrid have done their job, but we have helped them a lot. If we want to win the Champions League, we have to change a lot. If we continue like this, we will lose the game against Napoli,” Messi went on.
Notably, Barcelona led the standings for a large chunk of the season, with wheels seemingly starting to fall off for Quique Setien’s side after the el Classico.
Barca’s only shot at redemption this season is in the Champions League, where they also face an uphill task in overcoming a resurgent Napoli side.
If they proceed to the quarter-finals, Messi’s side will have to overcome Bayern Munich.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has channelled his free time during this coronavirus pandemic season into naming his ultimate XI, according to the Mirror.
The squad consists of mostly players he has shared the dressing room with at the Camp Nou, with Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandes highlighting the list.
Since he was promoted to the first team about 15 years ago, the Argentine icon has won 34 titles including four Champions League and 10 La Liga titles.
And he could not have achieved all that without the help of some exceptional players he has played with, from the goal posts to attack.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!