The former Dutch manager believes the Argentinean player is the best in the world, but he’s not a team player and that hurts Barcelona.
The last time Barcelona won the UEFA Champions League was all the way back to 2015.
Since then, the Blaugrana have failed to lift the famous trophy.
And manager Louis van Gaal believes Lionel Messi might be at fault since he’s a very good player, but not a team player.
“Look at Barcelona. How many Champions Leagues have they won with the one everybody says is the best player in the world?” Van Gaal was quoted by Give Me Sport.
“Look at Neymar at PSG. How many Champions Leagues has he won?”
“I like Neymar and Messi as individual players, not as team players. I believe that there is nothing more important than the team player,” he added.
“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.”
He explained: “It’s not in the dressing room or in the training sessions at Barcelona, so I cannot judge.”
“I like Messi as an individual player. He’s the best individual player in the world because his stats are amazing. I like him!”
“But why hasn’t he won a Champions League for five years? Why? As captain, you have to ask yourself why the team doesn’t win in Europe,” van Gaal continued.
“Barca have a fantastic squad. I think that Messi is aka responsible for what is happening in Barcelona, not just the coach.”
— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) June 24, 2019