Lionel Messi sparks more Manchester City transfer rumours as he admits he feels ‘lucky’ to have worked with ‘special’ Pep Guardiola as he picks out Etihad boss and Luis Enrique as the best managers he’s ever worked with
- Lionel Messi has heaped praise on coaching pair Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique
- The Manchester City transfer target played for both managers at Barcelona
- Current City coach Guardiola guided Messi at the club between 2008 and 2012
- Now manager of Spain, Luis Enrique was Barcelona coach from 2014 until 2017
Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has described former bosses Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as the two best coaches he has worked with during his glittering career at the Nou Camp.
Messi won the Champions League twice and a hat-trick of LaLiga titles under Manchester City boss Guardiola between 2008 and 2012.
The club’s all-time top scorer then went on to win the domestic crown twice and the Champions League once more with Luis Enrique, who coached Barca from 2014 until 2017 and is now Spain manager.
Lionel Messi (left) won three Ballon d’Or titles with boss Pep Guardiola behind him at Barcelona
Messi also won the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or under the guidance of Luis Enrique
Speaking to LaSexta, City transfer target Messi admitted: ‘Pep has something special.
‘He makes you see things in one way: how he prepares for matches, defensively, how to attack… he told you exactly how the match was going to be, how you had to attack to win.
‘I was lucky, in quotation marks, to train under Guardiola and Luis Enrique, the two best. Having them made me grow a lot physically and mentally, and also the tactical wisdom they’ve taught me.’
Argentina icon Messi was in exceptional form even by his stratospheric standards under Guardiola, lifting 14 trophies during the Spaniard’s tenure, as well as three Ballon d’Or honours.
Guardiola’s City have been heavily linked with a move for Messi following interest last summer
City are thought to be the frontrunners for his services, after being heavily linked with a move for him last summer, should the forward not take up a contract extension before the end of the current campaign.
Discussing a tumultuous close season in which he submitted a transfer request via burofax, Messi confided: ‘I’m fine today. It’s true that I had a very bad time in the summer.
‘It came from before. What happened before the summer, the way the season ended, the burofax and all that.
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‘Then I dragged it with me a bit at the beginning of the season, but I’m fine today. I feel like seriously fighting for everything that’s ahead of us.
‘I feel excited. I know that the club is going through a difficult time, at club and team level, and everything around Barcelona is difficult, but I am…
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