Ronald Koeman makes fresh comments over Lionel Messi ahead of contract lapse

Ronald Koeman makes fresh comments over Lionel Messi ahead of contract lapse

- Ronald Koeman has once again reiterated Lionel Messi’s commitment to Spanish club Barcelona

- The manager says the 33-year-old Argentine is excited at the Catalan club

- Messi’s future at the Camp Nou remains in doubt as he enters into the final months on his contract

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Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has insisted that team-captain Lionel Messi is excited at the club as the legend enters into the final months left on his contract.

The Dutch tactician has praised the 33-year-old over his exceptional shows on Saturday afternoon, inspiring them to a 5-1 thrashing of Alaves.

Lionel Messi scored twice in the emphatic win over their La Liga rivals to increase his league tally for the season to 15 goals and five assists so far this season.

The 33-year-old is now chasing former strike-partner Luis Suarez who has 16 already for the golden boot at the end of the season.

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However, the highlight of the game was the six-time Ballon d'Or winner reaching another major milestone in his career.

The four-time Champions League winner equalled the former captain Xavi Hernandes' 505 La Liga games after featuring in the game.

He continues to be linked away from the club with Manchester City and PSG ready to swoop on the Argentine, but Koeman says Messi is enjoying his time at Barcelona.

He told reporters via GOAL:

"Well, we know that Leo is a decisive player. He has been for many years, he is very concentrated. He's excited, he's happy and he's been very effective in front of goal.
"He's someone that when we make passes between the lines to find him it gives a load of depth for the rest of the players and makes them even easier for him."
Ronald Koeman makes fresh comments over Lionel Messi ahead of contract lapse
Ronald Koeman says Messi is happy at Barcelona. Photo: David Ramos
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Meanwhile, earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo now has the highest number of followers on social media as a sports celebrity on social media.

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The recently clocked 36-year-old officially reached 500 million followers more than any other athlete on social media.

The Juventus striker has been in superb form as recently became the world's leading scorer in the history of football.

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