Everyone termed Riqui Puig as FC Barcelona’s next big thing. He is a player with a flawless reputation at the junior level. Moreover, his coaches and seniors rate him highly. He should have been the next big star of Barcelona’s famed youth academy. However, everyone does not have everything in destiny. Puig got his chances but failed to deliver and lost his track. Now, he is leaving Barcelona for LA Galaxy in MLS.
We can term Riqui Puig as one of the unluckiest Barcelona. Probably he didn’t get enough time or wasn’t managed correctly. He debuted for the Cules under Ernesto Valverde. After Valverde came Quique Setien, but still no blossoms for Puig’s fortunes. Then came Ronald Koeman, one of the most ineffective coaches Barcelona has ever had. Riqui Puig didn’t enjoy good relations with him, nor did he do any good to the aspiring footballer. Xavi Hernandez’s arrival at the dugout brought a ray of hope for Riqui Puig. Riqui played at Xavi’s position and was tipped to become the next version of him. But that, too, never became a reality. Across four seasons, Puig had just 57 appearances for Barcelona and only 14 of them as a starter.
RESPECT THE GAME!
Riqui Puig perhaps didn’t evolve his game. He has a lot of potential but didn’t show any improvement in his physical and defensive position. Moreover, he refused to play for Barcelona B or go on loan to any other team to gain experience. As they say, the one who does not respect the game, the game does not respect him. His stubbornness stained his career, and he lost his name quicker than solidifying it. Turning 23, Riqui Puig is moving to MLS, where he will play for LA Galaxy. At MLS, many European veterans go towards the end of their careers. However, it will be interesting to see if he returns to Europe. Nevertheless, best of luck to him in his future endeavors!
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