Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has spoken out to calm doubts over club captain Lionel Messi’s future
Ronald Koeman ensures that Leo Messi “takes advantage of every day” at the club. Barcelona news the latter has been overrun with the urges to leave Messi this year as the club captain sought to leave, although Barca remained firm on his future last summer.
This week Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona, breaking the record set by Pelé with Santos, to continue his remarkable streak at his one and only club.
“Messi is having fun every day and is heavily involved in Barcelona. In principle, like any player, if he is fit to play and is doing well, then he plays. And of course, Leo is older than before, but he’s still a player who really enjoys being there and especially winning games, “Koeman said in remarks relayed by Marca.
“As a coach I talk to my players, and I also talk to Leo about that and other things because he is also the team captain, there are rules and we talk about a lot of things , not just the field. In other words, it is the daily work of a coach who has communication with his players, “added the Batavian coach.
Messi, who turns 34 next summer, has remained an iconic star of the Catalan club for which he has scored 644 goals in 749 first-team appearances, including 10 in 18 appearances this season.
While his future beyond the current campaign appears uncertain, the Argentine superstar remains very influential at the Blaugrana and is fundamental to any success this season.
“He’s now 33 years old and taking care of himself,” Puyol told Goal, as part of Budweiser’s celebration of Messi’s 644th record-breaking goal for Barcelona.
“He’s motivated and impatient, and I think he’s still got three or four years at this level if he’s lucky enough not to have serious injuries and if he continues to play with the same desire to improve. and keep winning, with that motivation. I think we still have Leo for a while. “