Lionel Messi put Barcelona on the map during his reign at Camp Nou, according to his brother Matias in a controversial statement.
Matias Messi took aim at Barcelona for not fully recognising the greatness of the World Cup winner, who claimed 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with the Blaugrana, not to mention countless individual honours.
“I don’t know about you, but Barcelona became known thanks to Messi," said his brother on the streaming platform Twitch. "Nobody knew about them before. Whoever’s had the chance to go to Barcelona and see the museum, you can see that the museum is Messi.”
Barcelona have won 26 La Liga titles, with the majority coming before Messi arrived. Icons such as Johan Cruyff, Pep Guardiola, Ronald Koeman and Patrick Kluivert are just a few of the players to have graced the club in the years prior to Messi's ascendance.
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