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'Impossible to Play Without Him' - Ronald Koeman Opens up on Lionel Messi's Contract Situation at Barcelona

Arjun Singh Devgan
FC Barcelona v RC Celta - La Liga Santander
FC Barcelona v RC Celta - La Liga Santander / David Ramos/Getty Images
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Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman has once again opened up on the future of club icon, Lionel Messi following their 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo in LaLiga on Sunday, revealing that they hope that the Argentinian will not leave because he is still the best player in the world.

Messi's future at the Nou Camp has been a talking point throughout the season following his decision to leave the club last summer, with the striker's contract with them expiring at the end of the campaign.

Following their loss to Celta Vigo, Koeman reiterated that his side depends a lot of the six-time Ballon d'Or award winner.

“We hope he will not leave because he is still the best player in the world and he has shown today. It is impossible to play without him. He has already scored 30 goals this season, which have given the team a lot of points," he said post the game.

“It is a question for Leo to decide. For me and for the team, we hope he stays because if don’t have him, we have doubts about who will score so many goals.”

Despite their struggles this season, Messi's form has remained constant with the 33-year-old scoring 38 goals in all competitions so far this campaign.

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