Koeman excitedly anticipates Messi’s potential return and welcomes him back to his home in Barcelona

    Ronald Koeman has welcomed the idea of ​​Lionel Messi returning to Barcelona and believes the Argentine star is still the best player in the world.

    The former Barcelona coach managed the club during Messi’s last season at the Catalan club before he emotionally left due to a free transfer to French giants Paris Saint-Germain.

    Barça sacked the Dutchman in October 2021 due to poor form, with the 60-year-old now returning to take charge of the Netherlands following Louis van Gaal’s retirement following the World Cup in Qatar.

    Koeman himself won’t be returning to Barcelona anytime soon, but he’s still hopeful that Messi will make a romantic return to the club, amid rumors such a move is in the works.

    “Messi is the best player in the world and it was difficult when he left,” he said at the Koeman Cup, a golf and paddle charity event.

    “The team he is in will be stronger. His departure from Barça was a very bad day.

    “If I see Leo in a different shirt, it will hurt me. This is his home, where he should be. It was not good that the board did not give him the opportunity to stay, but I am for Messi to remain a Barça player.

    Since his sacking, Koeman’s successor Xavi has led Barcelona to the league lead this season with 13 points and a lead in La Liga with just 10 games to go.

    “With Xavi they have improved and will win the league for sure,” Koeman said of the head coach.

    “This is a much improved team. A good or bad coach depends on his players. In my opinion, we should celebrate this league in a big way, because we are talking about several previous seasons in which Barca did not win anything.

    Barça are here because of their quality and because of their defense. It is worth noting that they conceded only nine goals. It’s well-deserved, and if others weren’t at that level, that’s their problem.”

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