We've concluded that this past season and this current season should be analyzed as two parts of one continuous timeline with the richest clubs having even a bigger advantage than in a typical season.
Lionel Messi is staying, but the storylines, rumors and narratives aren't over. We'll go through the cycle again next summer as Messi's contract expires. Between now and then, we'll examine everything.
Their 3-4-3 attacking style defied narratives of Serie A's defensive reputation. They’ve built further upon that excitement this season, straddling the gap between the mainstream and keeping their indie spark.
Even with the trophies and virality, are we right to believe that Thiago is still underrated? He's akin to a critically acclaimed indie movie or classic novel: we've heard of him, we've heard critics talk glowing about him, but have we really understood?
Lionel Messi is both demanding and passive-aggressive in the way that star athletes often are, and he's right to be upset about how Barcelona have wasted his unparalleled talents with squads that haven't worked or even made much sense.