Sports: Messi was 'tyrant' during training, says Barca coach Ronald Koeman

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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said Lionel Messi was "like a tyrant" during training at Barcelona.

Lionel Messi (File Photo)
Lionel Messi (File Photo)

Barcelona [Spain]: Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said Lionel Messi was "like a tyrant" during training at Barcelona. The Argentine star raised the bar at the Camp Nou club as he grew into one of the greatest people to ever play the sport before departing to join Paris Saint-Germain this year. "Lionel Messi hid everything. He was very good and he won," Koeman told Votable International, reports

"Of course they had good players, but they made a difference. Everyone seems to be better because of them. This is not a criticism, but an observation," said the Barcelona coach. Koman, who worked with the Argentine star for a year before Messi left the club for Paris Saint-Germain, said: "I knew how good he was, but it's still nice to watch it up close every day. He Everything you want to teach. Football player, in judging the conditions, in getting the ball under pressure, in the speed of the ball, in the finishing; with Messi everything is a 10 not normal, not normal!

"When we did a finishing exercise during training, sometimes there were players who started hitting easy balls, being a little stupid. But with Messi everything was there: boom, boom, boom, boom. Never frills, everything functional. And always wanted to win everything." Messi left Barcelona and ended his 20-year relationship with the club as he could not keep the Argentine due to financial difficulties.

Recalling his time in Argentine training, Koman said, "We always play a rondo before training. If the ball goes about 20 times, the players in the middle must have an extra turn. If it does three consecutive turns." The bar happens, the players will form two lines and the two who were in the middle will walk and get their heads taped." "I asked Messi if this had happened to him once. 'Yes, once,' he said. All those years. With him, the older players never lost a practice against the younger. It happened once And Messi was seriously offended by this. For a week. Really, a tyrant," he said. (ANI)

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