Philippe Coutinho makes surprise claim about Lionel Messi

Brazil international Philippe Coutinho has suggested that Lionel Messi is becoming a better footballer at Barcelona with every increasing game. The 30-year-old has won every accolade at his grasp at the club level with a major trophy with Argentina being the only thing which has eluded him.

Speaking on 8TV, Coutinho said that Messi is still learning from the beautiful game, and he is pleased to be learning from some of the club's greats including Andres Iniesta at the Camp Nou, he said: "It seems incredible, but every day Messi gets better and better, as a teammate I can only take advantage of my moments with him.

"I’ve learned a lot from everyone and I’ve tried to take advantage of everything they have taught me. Andres (Iniesta) is a genius and anyone who plays with him will make them better. I’m enjoying my time with him and Messi, they are my idols."

Ernesto Valverde explains why Lionel Messi was benched against Juventus

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed that it was an easy decision to bench Lionel Messi during his side's 1-1 draw versus Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Argentina international surprisingly started from the bench in the stalemate and Valverde later confirmed that he wanted to rest the forward after a prolonged run of games.

Messi’s future a huge talking point

Taking into consideration the fact that Lionel Messi is one of the most talented and highly-rated players in the history of football, anything that the Argentine superstar does will probably be talked about or find its way in the headlines of football websites.

The latest point of discussion involving Lionel Messi is involving his future as there are rumors being spread claiming that he has not extended it any further than what it’s currently stated which extends until June of 2018 and that he is ready to make his way out of Camp Nou by the near future.

Lionel Messi Once Again Stars in Barcelona Victory

Lionel Messi was able to inspire Barcelona to yet another victory, as the club were able to get a comfortable 3-0 win over Las Palmas at the Camp Nou.

The Argentine had a couple of mediocre campaigns in recent years, but he now seems to be back to his terrific best at the start of the 2017-18 season. Messi has now scored 11 goals in his seven league appearances this season, and this is the best ever start that he has made to the domestic campaign. In fact, this is even better than his tally of 10 goals in the first seven matches of the 2011-12 campaign. If Messi continues on this way, he could very well end up challenging the 100 goal mark over the calendar year.

Ernesto Valverde Dismisses Transfer Rumours Surrounding Lionel Messi

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has dismissed transfer rumours hinting at an immediate exit for Lionel Messi from the Camp Nou.

The Catalan outfit are yet to recover from the loss of Neymar, who has decided to make a world record € 222 million transfer from the Spanish club to Paris St Germain. Barcelona have been trying to replace the Brazilian but have been failing in their attempts to get most of their targets. Now, fresh transfer rumours about Lionel Messi are causing concerns for Barcelona. Manchester City are reportedly considering a €300 million offer for the 30-year-old using the same technique as PSG.


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