BARCELONA: Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has said Lionel Messi is like “a tyrant” during training at Barcelona.
The Argentina star raised the bar at Camp Nou as he became one of the greatest players to ever play before joining Paris Saint-Germain this year.
“Lionel Messi darkened it all. He was so good and he won,” Koeman told Voetbal International, as goal.com reported.
“Of course he had good players around him, but he made a difference. Everyone looks better than them because of him. It’s not a criticism, but a statement,” said the Barcelona coach.
Koeman, who worked with the Argentina star for a year before Messi left the club for Paris Saint-Germain, said: “I knew how good he is, but it’s always nice to see him up close Everything you would like to teach a football player, in recognizing situations, in catching the ball under pressure, in ball speed, in finishing; with Messi everything is a 10 Not normal, not normal !
“When we were doing a finishing practice during practice there were sometimes players who would start hitting easy balls, a little bit of nonsense. But with Messi it was all: boom, boom, boom, boom. No frills. , everything was functional. And always wanted to win everything. “
Messi left Barcelona and ended his 20-year relationship with the club after he was unable to keep the Argentine due to financial difficulties.
Recalling the time he spent coaching the Argentinian, Koeman said: “We always play a rondo before training. If the ball goes 20 laps, then the middle players have to have an extra lap. occurs three times in a row, players will form two lines and the two that were in the middle will then cross over and be slapped on the head and so on. “
“I asked Messi if this had happened to him once. ‘Yes, once,’ he said. During all these years. With him, the older players have never lost an exercise against the young. It happened once and Messi was seriously angry about it for a week. Really, a bully, “he added.