Memphis Depay

(Moordrecht, Netherlands, 1994) gives off an air of mystical character


Not because of his clothing, which he competes in baroque style with that of his good friend Dani Alves, but because of his way of dealing with things.

The Dutch striker, as much as there were those who thought upon his arrival in Barcelona that he would behave like a divo due to his video clip style, he has done nothing more than pay attention to one of the lyrics with which he has been triumphing in the world of football for years the music.

"They want to know where the lion is, I'm in the jungle where the lions sit," raps the Dutch soccer player in

Corinthians 5:7

(2.6 million views on Spotify, still far from the 10.7 million of his star theme :

No love


The Dutch striker, who arrived last summer with the freedom letter and rejecting better offers after

Ronald Koeman

convinced him of how important he could be for his team, paid to carry a weight that did not correspond to him on that back where he has a huge tattooed lion: being the franchise footballer in


Barcelona .

Koeman was fired after a snooze on the plane after losing in Vallecas.

Physically and mentally squeezed, Memphis blew up in December.

After two months on the stretcher, he found himself without a place.

And with that Xavi Hernández would no longer have to pull




to fill the eleven, but with

Ferran Torres





, triunvarito of the winter market that


would also end up joining after the coach lifted the club's punishment.

Such was the oblivion to which Memphis was subjected that in the Camp Nou offices they were convinced that the former Olympique de Lyon attacker, who had only signed a contract until 2023, should be sold this summer.

But where a couple of weeks ago there was conviction, now there is only doubt.


The last victory against Mallorca that allowed Barcelona to close a historic run of three consecutive losses at the Camp Nou allowed Memphis a double claim: football, because he was the best player on the team and scored his twelfth goal of the season (who more in Barça, with one more than Aubameyang);

but also media, because he assured that he does not want to move from where he is.

In the Dutchman's head is fighting for a renewal, something that Barça's sports management is studying, handcuffed by the narrowness that prevents the registration of posh forwards.

President Joan Laporta's great obsession is to hire

Robert Lewandowski

(he will turn 34 next August), whom Bayern intends to retain a year from the end of his contract.


's dream ruled

out and the club still pending to resolve its a la carte agreement with the CVC fund to gain margin in an exceeded salary limit, the maze has few exits.

And Memphis, which prioritized work over complaint, sees an opportunity there.

Tonight, at Villamarín, he will have a new revalidation.

The lion will be seen again.

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