Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said Thursday he is pinning his hopes on a good start to the season under new manager Ernesto Valverde.

The Spanish powerhouse in May confirmed Valverde, who stepped down from his role in charge of Athletic Bilbao, as their new manager following Luis Enrique's departure.

"With the new manager everything will become new. I don't know what kind of manager he is, but he is a great person," Messi said of Valverde, who led Bilbao to seventh place in La Liga and Europa League qualification.