According to Spanish economist Ivan Cabeza, Messi's departure might have cost Barcelona millions of euros saying:
“Annually he must generate between 130 million [euros], minimum, and 200 million, maximum,”
However, there may be a greater problem for the team in the shape of a failure to fill their own stadium, even for the most important matches.
Spanish outlet MARCA revealed that:
“Of a 40,000 ticket quota for home fans, only 31,213 tickets were requested by Barcelona fans for the visit of Bayern Munich [In the Champions League].”
This is not a unique event, as League attendance has suffered as well:
“Of 20,000 seats available for the LaLiga Santander clash, only 19,136 were requested, and this looks like continuing for much of the season.”
With supporters permitted back into the stadium for the first time in 18 months, it was expected that the stadium would be frequently sold out.
Luuk de Jong and Martin Braithwaite, on the other hand, look to be no match for Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.