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De Jong about Messi: You try to get him into the best positions to make a difference

According to Frenkie de Jong, it’s up to his Barcelona team-mates to play to the strengths of the forward as Lionel Messi remains the best footballer in the world.

The Argentine attacker is without an open-game goal in 2020-21, but the Dutch middleman insists that he is still the best player in the world.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has yet to fully adapt to new boss Ronald Koeman’s 4-2-3-1 system, failing to score open play in six games this season.

in La Liga this season, he also created only one chance with the young academy product Ansu Fati-five goals and one assist in all competitions-stealing the spotlight, but De Jong insists that it is up to the others in Barca’s squad to ensure that Messi is in the right positions to work his magic.

De Jong has thrived in a deeper middle-class role under Koeman.

“When you have Messi in your team, of course, you have the best player in the world in your team,” he told UEFA.com.

“You try to get him into the best positions to make a difference and I think we need to adapt to him. When he is receiving the ball in a position where he can make the difference, he will make it for you, always.”

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De Jong about Messi: You try to get him into the best positions to make a difference
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