The Argentine has only scored one open-play goal this season but his manager insisted Barca are still better with him in their side
Lionel Messi remains the best footballer in the world and makes Barcelona a better team when he is in the side, says head coach Ronald Koeman.

The Argentina international was named among the substitutes for a La Liga game for the first time since September 2019 in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Real Betis at Camp Nou .

He had failed to score or assist from open play in six league matches this term before last weekend’s contest, but Koeman denied he was dropped and put his absence from the side down to a knock.

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