Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has praised Lionel Messi and admitted his Camp Nou side wouldn’t have won so many trophies if Messi hadn’t been there. The Spaniard spent four years at Camp Nou and won every available trophy, including two Champions League crowns.
While Pep Guardiola is currently at Manchester City and Lionel Messi is at Paris Saint-Germain, the duo spent four absolutely fantastic seasons together at Barcelona. So much so that Guardiola’s time at Barcelona will see him become one of the best managers in football history, while the team is also considered one of the best of all time. Because, during his tenure at Camp Nou, the Spaniard won every available trophy, including two Champions League crowns and three the league securities.
But while Pep Guardiola hasn’t enjoyed the same level of success in Europe since then, the Spaniard has gone on to win trophies across Europe. However, he believes his time at Barcelona wouldn’t have been so successful without Lionel Messi. Guardiola also compared Messi to legendary Chicago Bulls basketball player Michael Jordan and admitted he would have won trophies but never so many without Messi.
“What does Messi mean? Everything, everything, Messi is like Michael Jordan. It’s like when Phil Jackson could get this feeling that everything was flowing and there was no problem. I owe him a good bottle of wine to thank him for the contracts he allowed me to sign! Guardiola said, Goal reported.
“We had an amazing group of players who helped him when we were together at Barcelona over those four years. There were a lot of stars at the right time and at the right age for everyone, with Xavi, Carles Puyol and Andres Iniesta too. There was a unique chemistry. Without Messi, we would still have won. But would we have won as much? Not impossible.”
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