Football is a team game and even for a player like Lionel Messi, it is always important to have players who can have good understanding and confidence in fellow teammate..
This brings chemistry between two players or among group of players, who are at ease with each other while attacking or defending on field. Sometime it takes time to form that understanding or chemistry that led a bunch of player, a great team.
It helps, then, if you know everything there is to know about your teammates when you are taking to the pitch with them.
- The XI is made up of players who made the most appearances alongside Lionel Messi.
- The appearance numbers are based on the time they spent on the pitch at the same time as Messi, factoring in both club and international level.
- This isn’t necessarily the eleven players who’ve spent the most time on the pitch with him, just the eleven that would fit into a working team.
The Ultimate XI – Goalkeeper
Appearances with Messi: 353
Victor Valdes was part of three Champions League successes and six La Liga titles alongside Messi. The regular keeper for eleven season later moved to Manchester United where he played second fiddle to David de Gea for two season.
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