Barcelona defeated Real Madrid to win its first trophy since the appointment of Xavi Hernandez and without the club legend Lionel Messi.
Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-1 in the Supercopa de Espana final. The Spanish giant qualified for the final through penalties against Real Betis.
Gavi opened the scoring in the first half and set up Robert Lewandowski for the second goal before halftime.
The Spanish international also set another one for Pedri before Karim Benzema pulled a consolation goal in the extra minute of the second half.
It was a post Messi success for the young Barcelona side. The Argentine left in tears in August 2021 after the club failed to renew his contract
Barcelona Success with Lionel Messi
Barcelona won the Champions League on four different occasions with Lionel Messi. Other successes include three FIFA Club World Cups, ten La Liga titles, three UEFA Super Cups, and seven Spanish Cups.
Messi also won the eighth Spanish Super Cup with Barcelona. During his era at the club, The Catalonia were unstoppable.
Barcelona won the sextuple trophy in the 2009-10 season under Pep Guardiola, with Messi being the highest goal scorer that season.
Barcelona struggle without Lionel Messi
Barcelona failed to win a single title after he left, but the club qualified for the Europa League in the 2021/22 season under Ronald Koeman.
After the appointment of Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona got eliminated from the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Spanish giant once again qualified for the Europa League for the second time in a row before falling to Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in the Champions League.
The team is now branded a Europa League team without Lionel Messi. In previous years, the Barcelona team was built around Lionel Messi but they struggled to stay on top after he left.
How Barcelona Had Become Stable Without Lionel Messi
Catalonia needed to get more players, reduce their debt, and compete again after Messi left. It was confirmed that Barcelona President Joan Laporta decided to give out part of Camp Nou for other brands to generate revenue.
The president also signed a multibillion-dollar endorsement deal with Spotify. He was able to buy world-class players like Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Kessie.
Other players who signed for the club had always dreamed of playing for the club. With Xavi’s contribution to the team, they currently sit on top of the La Liga table and may win the quadruple at the end of the season if they stick to their plan.
What to Expect from Barcelona
Xavi has brought in more young stars to the team, and they are going to produce a lot of trophies for the club in the long run. Xavi seems to be the best man for the job.
When he came in, the Spanish manager removed the old cargo from the team. Gerard Pique had to retire and Jordi Alba had to move to Inter Milan.