Barcelona don’t live up to the hype

Barcelona don’t live up to the hype

Barcelona promote themselves as the best of football clubs, but on and off the field they fail to live up to their self-image

Come Wednesday, they’ll beat from a different heart. For the first time in 17 years, Barcelona will make their Champions League bow without Xavi in their midst. But if he’s been the pulse of the on-field revolution, then he’s been the mouth of the off-field sentiment that has become unbearable across that time as well.

Too often, when evaluating Barcelona, that’s overlooked. We’re not questioning their achievements, but we are questioning the balance...

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