Aitana Bonmatí and Leo Messi represent the values of the Masia like no other. Both joined Barça at the age of thirteen and both are an example on and off the pitch. Aitana and Leo have grown up and have been educated under the same pattern that is reflected in their way of being. Maximum professionalism, family life, total commitment and no eccentricity. Neither one nor the other has had it easy and yet both have reached the top.
Messi now wears the pink shirt of Inter Miami, but his heart is Culé. His tears on the day of his farewell as an Azulgrana were the clearest demonstration of what it means to feel for one's colours. Barça gave him everything and he gave it all back in spades. That's why, still, when you see him appear in a suit, you get the feeling that under that spotless white shirt he was wearing the Barça shirt... What there is no doubt about is that his eighth Ballon d'Or is further proof that he has been the best footballer in the history of the game. What's more, he is, he has been and we will hardly ever see another like him.
For her part, Aitana succeeds Alexia on the throne and that is something never seen before in European football. In this way, the Barça brand is once again at the top in terms of impact. The Ballon d'Or gala is unparalleled worldwide and the images of the award winners are seen around the world with millions of reproductions. So the award to Aitana and the best women's team of the year compensate for the absence of Barca players in recent years. By the way, Aitana's speech was impeccable and moved all the Barça fans.
Among them, the president, Joan Laporta, who last night was the happiest man in the world. I'm sure he will know how to make the most of this image among so many of the Barça footballers. Of course, as Pep Guardiola, another illustrious Culé at heart, always repeats, football has no memory. In Paris, nobody remembered what happened two days ago at Montjuic...
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