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Sport Messi is the best in the world... Barca players must adapt to him - De Jong

14:35  26 october  2020
14:35  26 october  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Messi is regarded as one of the best ever footballers following his exploits for LaLiga giants Barca , with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo also in the conversation. Barca and Netherlands midfielder De Jong hailed the 32-year-old Messi ahead of LaLiga's return following the coronavirus pandemic.

Messi is regarded as one of the best ever footballers following his exploits for LaLiga giants Barca , with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo also in the conversation. A record six-time Ballon d'Or winner, Messi has claimed 10 LaLiga titles and four Champions League crowns among other honours since

Lionel Messi remains the best footballer in the world and it is down to his Barcelona team-mates to play to the forward's strengths, according to midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

a man wearing a football jersey: Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona © Getty Images Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has yet to fully adapt to new boss Ronald Koeman's 4-2-3-1 system, failing to score from open play in six matches this season.

He has also created just one chance in LaLiga this term, with young academy product Ansu Fati - five goals and one assist in all competitions - stealing the limelight.

But De Jong, who has thrived in a deeper midfield role under Koeman, insists it is down to the others in Barca's squad to ensure Messi is in the right positions to work his magic.

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It is noteworthy that Messi isn’t getting multiple scoring chances in each game. Despite his other fine and varied contributions, if he can no longer score at the Koeman demands more from his players than Quique Setien or Ernesto Valverde did, and that is having a toll too. Messi was twice in the right

De Jong says there is no doubt Messi deserves the recognition. "For me, I said it a lot but Messi is the best player in the world so he has to win it "We can play better , I think we have an amazing team, most of the best players in the world , so we know we can perform better but we're winning, first in

"When you have Messi in your team, of course you have the best player in the world in your team," he told UEFA's official website.

"You try to get him into the best positions to make a difference and I think we need to adapt to him.

"When he is receiving the ball in a position where he can make the difference, he will make it for you, always."

De Jong struggled at times in his debut campaign at Camp Nou, but has been shifted into his favoured position by Koeman alongside Sergio Busquets.

The Netherlands international is averaging more successful dribbles this season (2.45) compared to the 2019/20 campaign (1.95) and, while he is touching the ball less often - down from 81.43 per game to 77.73 - he is happy with the tactical tweak.

"I think in my nature as a player, I want to receive the ball early in the play and to set up the play," he said.

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Admitting that it was one adapted from ideas given to them by Michels, and one which many believe had been given to Europe by the Hungarian side of the No, Barca needs Messi for every game they play . He attacks well , controls the midfield expertly. For me, he is the best player in the world and

Often considered the best player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi has won a record six Ballon Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi relocated to Spain to join Barcelona at age 13, for whom he made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004.

"I think that's more my style of play than waiting for the ball and receiving it up front, and touching the ball less.

"I think I feel more comfortable in the pivot position than high up front, but I can also play high up front.

"It doesn't matter for me so much but, if I had to choose, I would rather play as a double pivot than, for example, as a 'mediapunta' (false nine)."

De Jong was signed from Ajax in a €75million deal in January 2019 and linked up with then-Barca boss Ernesto Valverde in Catalonia six months later.

And the 23-year-old has revealed Koeman, who was his national team manager at the time, advised him on a possible switch to the LaLiga giants.

"I spoke to him on the phone and he was really positive about Barcelona as a club as well as Barcelona as a city," he said of the former Barca defender.

"I think the communication between us, between the coach and me, is really good, and he tells me strictly what he demands from me in this position, and I think everything is really clear.

"When he's talking, you are listening to him because he has this authority, this power – I don't know how to explain it – and, of course, he has a lot of knowledge about football because I think he understands the game and was a great player before.

"So, if he tries to teach you something, you're listening."

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