Lionel Messi: Koeman claims Barcelona star is best player in the world

Lionel Messi: Koeman claims Barcelona star is best player in the world

- Lionel Messi has been praised by Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman

- The Dutchman stated that the Argentine remains the best in the world

- Messi who has never played for any other club than Barcelona has won six Ballon d'Or awards

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Ronald Koeman who is in charge of Spanish giants Barcelona has stated emphatically that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world and he has faith in the Argentina international.

Koeman faced serious challenges to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona before the start of the ongoing Spanish La Liga season.

Lionel Messi wanted to leave the Nou Camp where he has been for a longer part of his football career, but Koeman claimed that he had talks with the Argentine and made him understand that he remains an important player at the club.

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The 57-year-old Dutchman also explained that Barcelona will always be a better team with Lionel Messi in the squad.

According to the report on GOAL, Ronald Koeman added that Lionel Messi also had his own problems, but stressed that all have been sorted.

"Messi has shown me to be a person who wants to win things and continue to be the best, even though he has had his problems with the club.
"We spoke at his house and he explained his reasons to me. I was honest. I told him that the only thing is the system, his position on the field, his importance in the team.
"But the problems that he had with the club I couldn't change. From the first day I have said the same thing. He is the best and is committed to the club.''

Meanwhile, Barcelona are currently occupying eight position on the Spanish La Liga table with 11 points after seven games played so far.

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Lionel Messi and Ronald Koeman in action for Barcelona

Lionel Messi: Ronald Koeman claims the Argentine is the best player in the world. Photo by Eric Alonso
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Earlier, had reported how Barcelona who are Spanish La Liga giants confirmed that youngster Ansu Fati will be out of action for the Catalans for the next four months after having surgery.

The 18-year-old forward suffered the injury while playing for Barcelona in their Spanish La Liga game against Real Betis which ended 5-2 over the weekend.

And after the encounter, the Catalans explained that Fati will have to go for emergency operation before they later revealed on Monday, November 9, that he will be out for four months.

Fati only made his Barcelona debut last season but went on to score eight times in 33 games under Setien who was sacked before the start of the ongoing season.

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