Register Login Scores

Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Barca Coach Responds Lazy Messi Claims

FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has fired back at claims that Lionel Messi was not working hard enough this week.

Read: Cech Boasts About Record Against Messi

Following Wednesday's victory over Dynamo Kiev in the UEFA Champions League, a clip went viral of Messi failing to press the opposition.

The Argentine has since received wide-spread criticism from the images that emerged this week.

However, the Catalan giants manager has hit back at those claims and feels it's a non-issue.

"I didn't seem him [walking] and I'm not interested in this because I don't see him walking," Koeman said, as per Goal.

"If you want to start a controversy around this point, it's your problem.

"Messi is mentally good, enjoying this sport. He's a winner and sometimes you go through moments when the ball doesn't go in, but he looks really focused on that subject.

"I think Messi still has so many qualities. He's very important in our game. He scored the penalty and we're used to him making the difference here, and he's still a very decisive player.

"You said [the footage was from] the 93rd minute - there are pictures of anyone, of me when I'm sitting down, or annoyed. It seems we should be more aware of our image than our work. I don't agree with that.

"I think these players, like those of my era, have the same effort as us. They work in training, they want to win and it annoys them when they don't win. If it were not like this, it'd be because my work isn't working."

Read: Opposition Coach Asked For Messi's Shirt

Click through the gallery below to see where Messi ranks among the best-paid players in LaLiga! 

1 comments

Top 5

Chiefs Conclude Zuma’s Internal Hearing

28 Nov 24, 2021 08:53 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Managers Who’ve Already Been Sacked This Season

Nov 08, 2021 12:26 PM in English Premier League

7 Players Xavi Could Get Rid Of At Barca

4 Nov 09, 2021 01:26 PM in LaLiga

Exclusive: Zungu Finally Talks About Party Allegations  

4 Nov 24, 2021 02:49 PM in Players Abroad

Gyan Sides With Bafana In Penalty Drama

6 Nov 24, 2021 01:25 PM in African Football

Fast Lane - New BMW Flex For Amakhosi Star?

4 Nov 26, 2021 12:35 PM in Stars & Their Cars

6 Man Utd Stars In Trouble Following Big Manager Decision

1 Nov 26, 2021 12:28 PM in English Premier League

Tower’s Palace - Mathoho’s Most Chilled Looks At Home

Nov 26, 2021 02:02 PM in Ballers Cribs & Travels

Katsande Showcases Big Business Billboard

8 Nov 25, 2021 09:30 AM in The Best Of The Rest

Sundowns’ R13m Onyango Dominates Chiefs Duo In TOTW Values

12 Nov 24, 2021 12:58 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

BREAKING! All The Ballon d'Or Nominees Revealed

5 Oct 08, 2021 06:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Rulani: The Monkey Is Off Our Back Now

10 Nov 24, 2021 10:25 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Why Chiefs Veteran Deserves New Deal

2 Nov 24, 2021 04:25 PM in Kaizer Chiefs