Ronald Koeman believes Lionel Messi is happy at Barcelona after another record-breaking performance by the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Messi scored the third goal in a 3-0 LaLiga win over Real Valladolid on Tuesday – the superstar captain’s 644th strike for Barca as he surpassed Pele for the all-time record amount of goals for a single club.
First-half goals from Clement Lenglet and Martin Braithwaite gave Barca a cushion at Estadio Jose Zorrilla before Messi overtook the record set by Pele during 18 years at Brazilian club Santos.
Although Messi expressed his desire to leave LaLiga giants Barca after 19 years during the off-season, Koeman believes his talisman is now happy.
“I’ve said it a lot,” Barca head coach Koeman said. “I see Leo happy here.
“He’s very important for us with his creativity.
“You can see that when there are good players alongside him.”