Lionel Messi remains the best footballer in the world and makes Barcelona a better team when he is in the side, says head coach Ronald Koeman.
The Argentina international was named among the substitutes for a La Liga game for the first time since September 2019 in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Real Betis at Camp Nou .
He had failed to score or assist from open play in six league matches this term before last weekend’s contest, but Koeman denied he was dropped and put his absence from the side down to a knock.
Messi ended his open-play drought by powering home as a half-time substitute against Betis, having earlier scored his fifth penalty of the campaign in all competitions.
Koeman has reaffirmed he has full faith in the forward, who failed in an attempt to move away from the club at the end of last season.
“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,”
Source: GOAL NEWS