Capitals – Dutch coach Ronald Koeman described the former Barcelona star, Argentine Lionel Messi, as a “tyrant” in the world of football, pointing out that the “flea” had “unnatural” abilities.
Koeman took over the Catalan club last summer and worked with Messi a year before the Argentine left the club for Paris Saint-Germain.
In an interview with Voetbal International, Koeman said Messi was a “tyrant” in Barcelona’s training, describing the striker as “abnormal” because of his strength and ability.
Koeman added: “Everything you want to teach a footballer, in dealing with situations, in dealing with the ball under pressure, in the speed of the ball, in finishing the match, with Messi everything was perfect .. It is not normal.”
He continued, “Of course there were good players around him, but he made the difference. It seems that everyone is better than they are because of him. This is not a criticism but an observation,” according to the British newspaper, The Independent.
Koeman pointed out that Messi always performed exercises with full force from beginning to end, and while some players start shooting weak balls and have a little fun near the end of the exercises, Messi continues to work hard.
The Dutch coach mentioned an incident while Messi was in Barcelona training, saying: “With Messi, the older players did not lose training against the youngsters. It happened only once and Messi was very angry about it, and for a week, he is a tyrant.”
Last month, Saint-Germain officially announced the transfer of Messi to its ranks with a two-year contract with the possibility of renewing it for an additional year, after Barcelona spoke about the financial and structural obstacles to the regulations of the Spanish League, which prevented the “flea” from staying with the team.
Messi engraved his name in golden letters in the history of the Spanish League because he is the player who won the most matches in the tournament, after achieving 383 victories with Barcelona, while he played the largest number of matches in the competition with 778 games.
The most important player in Barcelona’s history topped the list of Barcelona’s top scorer in the Champions League with 120 goals, overwhelming the retired Brazilian star duo Rivaldo and his former friend in the Catalan club and the current Atletico Madrid striker, Uruguayan Luis Suarez, who scored 25 goals in the most important continental tournament in Europe.Sky News
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