Barcelona win every time Lionel Messi does not play as they “draw on other strengths”, claims former Argentina goalkeeper Hugo Orlando Gatti.
Messi served the final match of a two-game suspension after his red card in the Supercopa de Espana decider as third-placed Barca defeated Elche 2-0 in LaLiga on Sunday.
The record six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been heavily linked with an exit on a free transfer amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Barca have won 10 of 17 games with Messi in LaLiga this season, and one of two in his absence – drawing the other.
Last season, Barca had a 66.7 winning percentage with Messi in the league – claiming 22 of 33 matches, while the Spanish giants won 60.0 per cent of their fixtures in his absence – three wins from five matchups.
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