Leganés launches for Messi

The pepineros joke with the departure of the Argentine striker from Barça and send a message to '10'. "Either Manchester City or us."


The relationship between Leganés and Leo Messi was short. Painful (eleven goals against in nine games in just four seasons), but fruitful. Strange. So are the pepineros. A team of extremes that, when diving into the elite, used the figure of the Argentine to launch one of their most famous online posters ('Whatever D10S wants ... or not') and that now take advantage of the Barça star's departure to remember that in Butarque you have your space if you wish. That the ball is "now in his court" in case he wants to join Asier Garitano's project.

The message was simple. With the typical joking tone that surrounds everything that is manufactured from the Butarque offices. "Well now the ball is in his court. Manchester City or CD Leganés ”, says the tweet with which the club has reacted to the FC Barcelona statement, the one in which Messi is said to be history. That it's over. That is leaving the Camp Nou.

The tweet This is a hesitation. Obvious. Pure blue and white DNA to joke about a player who was the first to score in Butarque as a First Division stadium. In the elite, Leganés made their debut against Atlético (0-0), but then Barça arrived with MSN in front like a roller that thrashed (1-5) and had Messi in charge of opening the account. In the 14th minute, the same number that 'La Pulga' carried when he debuted in that friendly in Porto in which he took the alternative. Chance or nod to the future? Who knows ...

The most famous poster of Leganés

The fact is that in the preview of that Sunday noon in Butarque, Leganés deployed a repertoire of communicative actions that had its peak in the famous poster. Created by the club's communication department and Hugin and Mugin agency, it resonated around the world as original, respectful and fun. For being a rebellious tribute to the greatest without ceasing to challenge him in the green where he most enjoys the '10'.

The relationship continued years later with images that linked Messi and Leganés. Like that penalty that he did not celebrate that same season after a doubtful lack of Mantovani to Neymar. Or his ownership in the 3-1 victory that preceded the disaster in Rome, the first of the great European hits that have been reducing Barça in the old continent. Leganés also offered to solve his potential departure last summer by offering Bustinza to 'retain' him. There was even room to see Messi defeated in Butarque. It happened in 2018, Barça fell 2-1 to Leganés and the legend appeared the next morning truffling covers with a serious gesture that is news today. Because Leo is leaving. And Leganés mourns his departure wishing him to be a cucumber. With humor. In the purest Butarque style.

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