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Van Gaal takes shots at Lionel Messi for lack of Champions League success

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The Dutchman says the GOAT needs to take some blame

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Louis van Gaal took some time out of his day to take some shots at Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. The former manager says that despite the many La Liga titles, recent Barcelona managers have focused around Messi’s talent more than the team itself.

“I believe that there is nothing more important than the team player,” said Van Gaal.

“Barca suffer from that. I think Messi should ask himself how it is possible that he’s gone so long without winning a Champions League.

“Look at Barcelona. How many Champions Leagues have they won with the one everybody says is the best player in the world? Look at Neymar at PSG. How many Champions Leagues has he won?

“He’s the best individual player in the world because his stats are amazing. But why hasn’t he won a Champions League for five years?

“As captain, you have to ask yourself why the team doesn’t win in Europe. I think that Messi is also responsible for what is happening at Barcelona, not just the coach.

“They have a squad of 30 players and I believe that Messi should adapt himself to the team, and not the other way around.”

Louis van Gaal | Source

I’m all for random ex-managers taking shots at the GOAT and his managers. A Louis van Gaal appearance in the news cycle is exactly what we need in the offseason. Keep it up Louis.