Messi admits he was 'lucky' to work with Guardiola and Luis Enrique

Lionel Messi admits he feels ‘lucky’ to have worked with ‘special’ Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as he picks out former Barcelona bosses as the best managers he has worked with

  • Lionel Messi has heaped praise on coaching pair Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique
  • The Manchester City transfer target has 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 Camp Nou.

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.

Manchester City manager Guardiola is said to have been on hand when Messi needed advice

Guardiola counselled Messi when he attempted to leave Barcelona at the end of last season, and City are thought to be the frontrunners for his services should the striker not take up a contract extension before the end of the current campaign.

Discussing a tumltuous 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.

‘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.

Barca’s all-time top scorer wanted to leave the club earlier this year and chatted with Guardiola

‘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 looking forward to it.’

After an unconvincing start to the season, Barca have won three games on their current four-match unbeaten run and are eight points off the top of LaLiga with a place in the Champions League knockout stages secured. 

Messi said: ‘I am privileged for everything I have experienced but there are times when I would like to be anonymous.

‘I would like to be able to enjoy going to a street market, a cinema or a restaurant – especially when I am with my children.’

Luis Enrique has gone on to enjoy immense success with his native Spain at international level




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