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Miralem Pjanic reveals Lionel Messi didn’t understand why Ronald Koeman wouldn’t play him

Miralem Pjanic and Ronald Koeman

Miralem Pjanic left Barcelona this summer for Besiktas after a disappointing season. The Bosnian joined the Blaugrana in a part-exchange with Juventus that saw Arthur go the other way, but managed just 19 league appearances and 619 minutes throughout 2020/21. His relationship with Ronald Koeman wasn’t good, so much so that even Lionel Messi took notice.

Miralem Pjanic enjoyed playing with Paulo Dybala more than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala

“Dybala has a heavy weight on his shoulders, but he’s already a champion,” he said. “I was lucky enough to play with [Cristiano] Ronaldo and Messi. Cristiano and Leo are two extraterrestrials, but Paulo is the one I had the most fun with. It was beautiful as it was easy to find him between the lines and if you ask him for the one-two, you know the ball will be perfect.”

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