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Lionel Messi edges out Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of football's rich list

Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele both made encouraging returns by scoring in Ronald Koeman's first game in charge.

Barcelona lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, a system rarely used at the club in the past, with the entire starting side switched out at half-time.

However, up until now, the club still haven't officially told Pedri whether he is going to stay in the first team or if Koeman sees him as part of his first team squad.

"But the aim is to move the ball, hold on to it and create space to play between the lines, behind the opponents' midfielders".

"I think this team can do it because we have midfielders to play like that".

Messi managed 45 minutes in Barcelona's win over Nastic this being his first appearance after his transfer saga and according to Koeman, the player has shown the same spirit since returning to training.

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Last season's runners-up Barca kick off their league campaign against Villarreal on September 26, with friendlies against Gimnastic Tarragona and Girona taking place in the meantime.

Barca are sitting out the first two weekends of the new La Liga season which began on Saturday due to participating in the Champions League "Final Eight" tournament last month.

"It was important for those players to play now because this is not a normal pre-season, we only have four weeks together, not six and it's very hard", Koeman added.

"The most important thing is that fortunately there have been no injuries".

"What we want to do right now is focus on our fitness and then over the next two weeks focus on more tactical questions". There were moments of good intensity. We only have four weeks, not six.

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