– Ousmane Dembele has branded Lionel Messi as the best in football history
– The Frenchman reveals that the Argentine helped him overcome his injury crisis
– Dembele’s current deal with the Nou Camp outfit expires in the summer of 2022
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Ousmane Dembele is finally living up to his quality at Barcelona for the first time since his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
The French World Cup winner has been a key member of Ronald Koeman’s team this campaign having already scored six goals and four assists in 26 games across competitions.
Unlike the previous seasons where he spent more time on the sidelines owing to injuries and low fitness level.
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However, the 23-year-old who could be leading the Catalans attack when they host Neymar-less Paris Saint Germain recounted how Lionel Messi helped him upturn his form this season.
Lionel Messi showing concerns for Barcelona teammate Ousmane Dembele during the Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.
Photo by Pablo Morano/MB Media
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He confirmed that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner offered him some wise words and they made a big difference in his career.
The France international made his century appearance for Barce in the 5-1 Spanish League win over Alaves last weekend. The told UEFA.com during an interview and was reported by Football Espana.
“He tells me how to position myself and when to pass, because I like to dribble when I have the ball.
“I like to go forward on my own. Sometimes he tells me to calm down, to go out wide, or wait for a teammate and to not always try and dribble past three or four opponents.
“Leo is a genius, we all know that. He is the best footballer in history. He was an inspiration to me as a youngster and he still is. Honestly, it is an honour for me to play with him.”
Dembele has scored 25 goals and assisted 20 others in his first 100th appearances for Barcelona in all competitions, and he can score a lot more before his deal expires in the summer of 2022.
Bioreports earlier reported that Lionel Messi scored twice for Barcelona in their 5-1 emphatic win over Deportivo Alaves to increase his league tally for the season to 15 goals and five assists so far this season.
The 33-year-old is now chasing former strike-partner Luis Suarez who has 16 already for the golden boot at the end of the season.
However, the highlight of the game was the si-time Ballon d’Or winner reaching another major milestone in his career.
Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with Bioreports. He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.