Lionel Messi played at the start of the second half in the Barcelona match against Real Betis.
Argentine star Lionel Messi participated in Barcelona’s match against Real Betis yesterday at the start of the second half, in place of Ansu Fati, who was injured.
Messi managed to lead Barca to a 5-2 victory by scoring two goals after the score was 1-1 at the end of the first half.
In this regard, Dutch coach Ronald Koeman said in a press statement: “We spoke the day before the match and he (Messi) told me that he ended the Dynamo Kiev match (in the Champions League) with some pain and that he is not in the best case to play the match (against Real Betis). ) From the beginning, and that it is better to participate when it is needed, and this is what happened.
For his part, Jordi Alba praised Messi’s participation and the need for him to be on the field for the team.
“Every team prefers to be on the stadium because it is the best player in the world and we always want him on the field,” Alba said in statements to the Catalan newspaper, El Mundo Deportivo.
He added, “In the second half he helped us a lot. We are better with him.”