FC Barcelona's been struggling. In the past few weeks, they've lost to Real Madrid back-to-back, and haven't beaten their rivals since last August. They were just defeated 2-0 in the Champions League away to an undermanned AC Milan side. They've only won one game in their last four. Messi is hurting, spiritually. And last week, Barça plummeted in the rankings from best club in the world all the way to fifth.
It's been coming for some time, we suppose. After Barcelona's 3-1 Copa del Rey loss to Real Madrid, we wrote on how Barcelona's best days, which were so ridiculous they were nigh unsustainable, may be behind them. And last week, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) backed our hunch when it released the most recent Club World Rankings based on performances from March 2012 to March of this year.