It is not a secret that FC Barcelona and Lieke Martens They did not end their relationship in the best way. The Barça club trusted in the renewal of the striker from the Netherlands, whose contract ended on June 30, and suddenly found the news that came from France discovering that she had already passed a medical check-up with PSG. She unannounced when they were waiting for her call. Barça felt cheated and, when the presentation of the Martens with the French team, on June 17, there was no thank you to his five years at the club as in the cases of Melanie Serrano, Leila Ouahabi y Jennifer Beautiful.
Two weeks later, those words came in memory of the contribution of Martens to the progression of women’s Barça, but briefly and taking advantage of a joint statement to the five players who end their contract on June 30 and leave the club: the four mentioned and Candela Andujarwho also retires at the age of 22 after his transfer to Valencia.
“The Dutch winger closes five years as a culé in which she has added all kinds of collective and individual distinctions. She is the foreigner who has played the most commitments with the team (158)”, was the brief text dedicated to Martens.
Of Melanie Serranoalready fired in his day, the club pointed out this Thursday that “the great culé legend announced his retirement after 18 seasons in the Barça first team in an emotional press conference and said goodbye to the fans at the Johan Cruyff. It is the footballer with the most matches in the history of the section (517). It will continue to be linked to the entity’s women’s football”.
Of Beautiful Jennyalso honored on the club’s social networks when she announced that she will play for Pachuca in Mexico, pointed out that “Barça’s all-time top scorer with 181 goals ends her second stage at the club and has announced that she will continue her career in Mexico. In In total, the striker from Madrid has lived six and a half seasons as a Barça player”.
And of Leila Ouahabieven interviewed in the club’s media for her departure, pointed out that “trained in the quarry, the left-back has also had a double and successful time at Can Barça. In 9 seasons with the first team she has reached the figure of 199 official matches.
What was surprising was the absence of a reference to the surprising withdrawal of Candela Andujar: “After going through all the training teams and debuting in the elite, the attacker from Barberà del Vallès has played on loan in the last two seasons at Valencia. In the Barça first team, between 2017 and 2020, she participated in 44 games.”