The Sopranos. Cryptocurrency. The Walmart yodelling kid. All good things have to come to an end.
On 1 June 2020 the best thing to ever happen to Barcelona, nay, football, came to an end.
Don’t worry, Lionel Messi didn’t die. But he did leave Barcelona to move back to Newell’s Old Boys.
By doing so he completed an OCD sufferer’s dream. Newell’s- Barcelona- Newell’s.
But how well do you remember Barcelona’s first Messi-less season?
Memory feeling a bit foggy after a heavy bank holiday weekend? We’ve got you covered.
Mohamed Salah’s failure to replicate his stunning 2017/18 season- when he won the Premier League golden boot then powered Egypt to an unlikely World Cup victory- meant he dropped off Barcelona’s radar.
Instead Barcelona managed to get revenge for Luis Figo, twenty years after the Portuguese winger moved to Real Madrid.
After months of flirting Barcelona announced the signing of Marco Asensio on a free contract, much to the dismay of Madrid who threatened to join PSG and Man City in the Qatari Premier League.
The first El Clasico between the two was a feisty affair, with Asensio having to dodge hundreds of iPhone 15s when going over to take corners.
However the Spaniard had the last laugh when he set up John Stones’ winning goal.
Barcelona surprised no one when they retired Messi’s no.10 shirt.
However if Thiago, Mateo or Ciro ever step out in the Barcelona colours they’ll be allowed to take their father’s number.
Ousmane Dembele paid his own unique tribute to the GOAT when he changed his squad number from 11 to 100.
Far from falling off, Barcelona coasted to the 2020/21 La Liga title.
Much of Barcelona’s success was down to Cristiano Ronaldo’s insistence on starting up front for Madrid at the age of 37.
Andres Iniesta’s first title as player-manager was richly deserved, although Madrid’s Harry Kane still pipped Roberto Firmino to La Liga’s top goalscorer award.
Both lost out in the race for the European Golden Boot to Jamie Vardy who, like a fine port drunk out of a Lucozade bottle, keeps getting better with age.
Barcelona’s Champions League campaign was less successful.
Iniesta’s side weren’t handed a great start when they were drawn in a ‘Group of Death’ along with Salford City, RB Leipzig and Red Bull Rangers.
Home and away defeats to eventual winners Red Bull Rangers did for Barcelona in the end.
Watching former Barcelona idol Neymar thrive in both games couldn’t have been nice for players or fans, especially when he provided a triple nutmeg assist for Kenny Miller at Ibrox.
Dream Team World Cup has landed
The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
From Russia with a whole lot of love.