Lionel Messi’s treatment at Barcelona has been acknowledged by Rivaldo, as the Argentine extolled for recognizing that he begin the eccentric competition on the bench with the administration of Ronald Koeman.
During a decade to now, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner was the first title on the team sheet at Camp Nou.
He is an outstanding player in the Blaugrana. Given the opportunity, he can play about 90 minutes every week.
The 33-year old player still manipulates domestic and international commitments.
Koeman mentioned the lively South American between other replacements in the appointment with Real Betis before the international break. Also, Messi was set up at half-time after Ansu Fati’s injury.
“It's not easy to convince someone of Messi's pedigree that staying on the bench is a good option, because Leo will always want more,” Barca legend Rivaldo told Betfair.
“It came out perfectly [against Betis]: Messi played marvelously and, what's more, he saved energy for the future.
“It caught my eye that I didn't see Messi angry and even that he pushed hard in the second half to make the difference.
“Of course, it's crucial for a coach at a big club to manage its players well, communicating clearly with everyone to win their trust, Koeman's doing that.”
Messi is now on the 2022 World Cup qualifying duty with Argentina.
The Albiceleste will return in action on Tuesday against Peru, while Barcelona will be on a trip to Atletico Madrid to take in when La Liga begin their activity on November 21.