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Malcom was a big-money arrival from Bordeaux in the summer.
He’s struggled for match action which has led to speculation that a January move to Arsenal could be on the cards.
However, the 21-year-old says Messi – who he affectionally refers to as a ‘football alien’ – has been very supportive.
“A few minutes before starting the match, in the tunnel, he told me that when he gets the ball he will find me,” Malcom said.
“And he does because he’s a football alien.
“He’s someone who always wants the best for the group.
“This is why he’s the captain and someone who can inspire players to give their best because, coming from someone has five Ballon d’Or awards, you end up doing well and you’re motivated to do it.”
Malcom was regarded as one the hottest stars in Ligue 1 when flying at Bordeaux and caught the eye of Arsenal scouts.
But the promising youngster insists he’s getting even better by working with Messi on the Barcelona training pitch.
“For me, he’s the best in the world,” Malcom added.
“It’s difficult to talk about.
“You never know what he’s going to do because he never gives anything away so it’s difficult to know which direction he’s going to go in.
“Simply by exchanging passes with him, I am learning so much.
“I want to take advantage of this opportunity to the maximum.”
Reports in Spain earlier this month suggested Malcom might push for a move if he doesn’t get more game time.
He reportedly held crunch talks about his lack of competitive action with manager Ernesto Valverde.
But the former Athletic Bilbao boss only had limited sympathy and told him to work harder.
Despite the speculation, Malcom has dismissed claims he is seeking a move.
He’s hit back and insisted he will ‘continue fighting’ to succeed in La Liga.
“About news that came out here in Spain, I want to clarify this: I came to Barcelona with many objectives, and those who know me know that I am a very determined person,” Malcom wrote on his Instagram.
“I am very happy with the evolution in my career and I know and every day that passes my dreams and objectives are becoming a reality.
“My family is also adapted to the city.
“Anyway, I’m going to continue to fighting for everything I want in my career.”