It is generally believed that men enter a midlife crisis from the age of 35 to 39. On the one hand, there is a significant decline in physical function, on the other hand, facing the competition of young people in society and enterprises, there is a greater risk of being eliminated, so middle-aged men feel tired and anxious.
However, there is a special nature of professional players. Because players' careers are slightly shorter than other industries, the midlife crisis of players comes earlier.
Generally speaking, most 30-year-old players will face a mid-life crisis, and top players like Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic, their mid-life crisis may be later, but they will never be absent.
The amount of salary is an obvious indicator of whether a person has entered a midlife crisis. For young people who are just entering the society, as long as they work hard, their wages will increase steadily for a long time.
But when you reach middle age, your income growth is likely to stop, or even negative growth, for ordinary people, this is definitely the biggest anxiety point in the midlife crisis.
In fact, most players also face similar problems. Although the income of professional players is astronomical than that of ordinary people, their careers are shorter, and most of the players lack financial ability, and their usual expenses are very high. So they, like ordinary people, hope to earn enough pension at the end of their careers. Capital.
This is why so many players chose to make big money in the Super League, West Asia, and the United States a few years before retiring.
For players such as Messi and Ronaldo who are on the top of the world, they may not be anxious about the retirement after retirement, because they rely on their own image, influence, contacts, and more in addition to the generous annual salary. The way to make money.
But this does not mean that they do not value money during the mid-life crisis, on the contrary they value money more as the top players. Not because they are greedy, but because wages are sometimes not just numbers, not just a guarantee of life, but also a disguised expression of recognition of a person's ability.
Therefore, as top players, they must also negotiate a contract worthy of their status and status when seeking a transfer in a mid-life crisis. "I am not purely for money, but the money you give me cannot be less", this is the mentality of many top players when they transfer at the end of their careers.
The most typical example is Pirlo's transfer from AC Milan to Juventus that year. Milan was also in turmoil at that time, and the club was unwilling to open big contracts for veterans.
Although Pirlo's family business is not as lofty as the domestic boasts, it is certain that he has no worries about retirement and is a properly rich second generation.
But while he burst into tears at Milanello, he insisted on joining Juventus with a higher salary because money is not just money, it also represents the club's recognition of your ability and status. "Lao Tzu is worth the price" is about this mentality.
The same is true for Ibrahimovic, who is currently negotiating a contract extension with Milan. Is it possible that Ibrahimovic, who claims to be the king of heaven, still has 500,000 euros or 1 million euros? Definitely Not. But he is still not eager to renew his contract, but swayed repeatedly at the negotiating table, just because he wanted to talk about a salary worthy of "God".
The same is true for Messi and Ronaldo. Ronaldo's reasons for leaving Real Madrid are also very complicated, but the difficulty in raising his salary is one of them.
So the Portuguese superstar finally joined Juventus, the annual salary immediately rose by 9 million euros. In recent seasons, Barcelona not only has poor athletic performance, but the club's finances are not ideal, so they have absolutely no room for Messi's salary increase.
For the mentality of top players, the clubs that have coveted them for a long time are very clear. It is impossible to talk about money if you want to win Messi, but it is absolutely impossible not to talk about money.
What Messi wants is not just money, but a material proof that can match his top2 player status. This is the news that Manchester City will offer Messi an annual salary of 60 million euros.
Regardless of whether it is for ordinary people or professional players, salary is the most uncomfortable objective factor in the mid-life crisis, and respect is the most uncomfortable subjective factor for them.
As mentioned in the previous article, in many cases salary also represents the employer’s recognition of your abilities and protection of your status. If the company no longer gives you a raise, it probably means that you are about to be left out in the company. Can't feel the respect they deserve.
Many things Ma Yun said are poisonous chicken soup, but his summary of the reasons for employees' resignation is still very incisive, "The money is not in place, and the heart is wronged." The same is true for ordinary people and professional players.
Whether the current management in Barcelona lacks respect for Messi is still unknown due to the lack of relevant news. But obviously, they lack respect for the handling of other veterans, and the most typical example is Suarez.
It is undeniable that Suarez's competitive ability has slipped, but can he really find a perfect replacement for his top striker immediately? Most sane people don't think so.
The reason why Barcelona unkindly wants him to leave the team is nothing more than the three words "price ratio." Although Suarez's ability is regressing, he can still contribute goals and assists steadily, but with his current contribution, the management will think that it does not match his big contract, which is the low cost of the economy.
On the other hand, Suarez, who is at the end of his career, has no room for improvement and will not be of any help to the team's future reconstruction. It is not cost-effective at the strategic level.
From these purely rational perspectives, Barcelona has no problem dealing with Suarez with an iron fist. For this reason, many Barcelona fans firmly support the club’s iron-fisted approach in the reconstruction process.
But don't forget that whether we are a social animal or a professional player, we are first of all a person, not a commodity. It is a great disrespect to measure an employee from the perspective of cost performance.
All companies will have a "human resources" department, but this title makes people very uncomfortable. How can a person be a resource? This is a typical objectification, if you characterize it, respect will also go away. Are resources subjectively active? Resources can only function passively. Does the resource have emotions? Can resources have feelings and loyalty? Resources will not, only talents will.
When a player talks to you about feelings and contributions during the contract year, you talk to them about money, cost performance, and reconstruction. When you buy people and renew the contract, you talk to them not just about money, but about feelings. Vision and grand vision.
"I talked about money with you, you talked about feelings with me. I talked about feelings with you, and you talked about money with me." This will definitely make the players feel wronged.
So most of those who support the team's iron fist reconstruction are in the wrong position. You are not the management of the club, nor the boss of the company. You are just fans and social animals. Suarez’s experience is probably what most ordinary people experienced during the mid-life crisis. If you want to understand this, it is difficult for you to agree. The club has an iron fist.
Doesn't the team need to be rebuilt? Of course it needs.
The situation in Barcelona today is not caused by Suarez's reluctance to leave. On the contrary, this situation is caused by incompetent management. They did not foresee that Suarez's condition would decline rapidly because he was given a big contract. They also did not successfully complete the team update when these players were at their peak.
Then why did you make the mistake to let the players pay the bill? Did any management take the lead to stand up and take the initiative?
Therefore, Barcelona's iron fist for Suarez must have greatly touched Messi.
On the one hand, they have been friends for many years, and their love is stronger than Jin Jian. On the other hand, they are both 33 years old this year. Maybe the young man was indifferent to seeing his uncle next to him being laid off, but this kind of operation can completely crush his heart for his peers.
Messi is talented and is still at his peak, but sooner or later Messi will be like Suarez. How will Barcelona treat him then? Only talking about money and cost performance, not feelings and contributions at all? Presumably everyone in Messi's position will think of this.
Don't think that as long as clubs and companies pay wages, there is no place for players to be sorry. Money can't buy loyalty. After they dedicate their loyalty to you, then you can't abandon them when their ability declines.
Although Messi has not encountered a similar iron-fisted action, Messi will always be pushed to the forefront when the Barcelona management is fighting. Some presidential candidates even publicly stated that Messi could stay on the team only if the current president Bartomeu resigned.
Undoubtedly, this is the use of Messi as a bargaining chip for the palace, he was born as a human, no one would be happy to be used as a bargaining chip, this is the most lack of respect.
Even this sentence directly blocked the possibility of Messi staying on the team. If Bartomeu’s resignation can really exchange for Messi to stay on the team, then Messi will not admit that he is a bargaining chip in disguise, admit that he participated in the palace fight and forced the palace. What?
Standing at the age of thirty, most people gradually come to understand at this age, and will no longer be arrogant, let alone involve themselves in these boring rights and wrongs. Isn't Lao Tzu that nobody wants it? Laozi relies on his ability to eat, not on standing in line, so why mess with you here?
The final manifestation of the midlife crisis is the stability of the career and the pursuit of career. On the surface, there are some contradictions between the two. Some people can only choose one of the two. But in many cases, stability and career pursuit are actually the positive and negative aspects of middle-aged people's last fight.
For many men around the age of 35, their career plan is no longer to enter a big factory and make a lot of money, but to find a more stable job to ensure that they will not one day be labeled "like Suarez". The name of “low cost performance” was then killed.
The same is true for professional players. After entering the mid-life crisis, they hope to get a stable contract, so signing once a year is not attractive to most players over 30. For this reason, William will choose to leave Chelsea because of the length of his contract. This is human nature.
But for a longer and more stable contract, players who are willing to leave voluntarily also include their career pursuits. Everyone in the work knows that it is difficult to actively jump out of the comfort zone.
A new team means a great deal of unknowns. I am willing to join the new team at an advanced age for more than just one or two years of contract. These players also shouted in their hearts, "Who said that it is the world of young people now? I want to prove that I am okay! I will bring the new team to the world."
This is especially true for Messi. Although he is still in his prime, but through the experience of his friend Suarez, it is difficult for him to expect that he can still get a stable big contract at the Barcelona club.
At this time, the rumored offer of Manchester City not only has a higher salary, but also a three-year contract. High salary + long contract corresponds to the recognition and respect of the players' abilities. This is the best choice for poaching.
On the other hand, he is also ambitious, and he wants to prove himself again in world football. The chaotic status of Barcelona obviously cannot support Messi's pursuit of football.
In the past, Messi could wait, wait for the chairman, coach, and reinforcements, but when he was 33 years old, Messi could not afford to wait. He must immediately prove himself to the outside world again.
What's more, Messi must also want to prove some other things in his heart, "Those who say that Lao Tzu is a system player, those who say that Lao Tzu does not play well after leaving Barcelona, you will show Lao Tzu."
In the past few years, out of loyalty to Barcelona, and the club is in a competitive state, Messi has every reason to suppress these ideas. But now, these past conditions have disappeared, and Messi has no reason to fight at the age of 33 to pursue a higher career peak.