That proves that they should have been looking for a replacement sooner to make up for this loss.
Marco Asensio was snared from Mallorca for around £3million, much to the disappointment of Barca.
"We have to step forward and not look back". Yet three points to start a vicious run of fixtures would've been much preferred to the lone marker that made it to the table.
For an institution so obsessed by values and a sense of moral superiority, mes que un club has been a mess of a club recently and their curious treatment of Iniesta has little explanation.
A team needs its playmaker to stay on the field for the entire game but that is no longer the case with Iniesta and Barcelona are yet to find a replacement for him.
Most teams don't have the aspirations of the financial outlay of 2017-18 Everton.
However, the former Athletic Bilbao manager was shaken by Neymar deciding to leave, as were the club on an institutional level.
Although Valverde did well at Athletic Bilbao, coaching Barcelona is an entirely different challenge altogether. Since then, they have struggled in the Champions League while having to watch their great rivals Real Madrid dominate the tournament.
The Blaugrana announced, on 5 July, that the club and Messi had agreed a renewal that was set to keep him at the club until 2021. We are not afraid, but it has to stop.