- Lionel Messi has been challenged to do well next season for Barcelona
- New Barcelona gaffer made it clear that he is optimistic that the Argentine will shine
- The Catalans failed to win any title last season losing against Bayern in UCL
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Ronaldo Koeman who is the new Barcelona gaffer has urged captain of the Catalans Lionel Messi to deliver his best for the club in their campaign in the coming League season.
Barcelona chiefs recently succeeded in persuading the six-time Ballon d'Or winner to stay at the Camp Nou after being linked with a move to Manchester City.
The Catalans' failure in the Champions League losing against Bayern Munich made Lionel Messi to decide that he wanted to leave.
Messi later made a U-turn in his decision and will now be playing for Barcelona in all competitions in the 2020/21 League season.
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He notched 31 goals and 26 assists in 44 games last season and, with Barca finishing 2019-20 in disarray, new boss Koeman will need his star man on top form to turn things around.
"He is the best, I have said it many times.
“Messi is a very important player and he has shown it for many years. I hope he can do it again this season,'' Koeman told BarcaTV+.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will be facing Gymnastic on Saturday, September 12, in a friendly tie.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi who currently plays for Spanish side Barcelona has been named as the top-rated footballer in the FIFA 21 video game beating his long term big rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
For more than ten years now, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been dominating the game of football and these two players have shared 11 Ballon d'Or awards.
The Argentina international has six Ballon d'Or awards, while Cristiano Ronaldo has five.
Everyday, these two players keep breaking records and it is only the World Cup title that they have not yet won so far in their careers.
In the recent rating made by EA Sports, Barcelona superstar got the score of 93, while Cristiano Ronaldo got 92 in which the likes of Oblak, Neymar, Lewandowski and De Bruyne got 91.
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