PSG Coach Luis Enrique Snubs Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe As He Names Most Influential Player in the World

PSG Coach Luis Enrique Snubs Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe As He Names Most Influential Player in the World

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Luis Enrique's coaching journey has seen him manage a flurry of top football players
  • The Paris Saint-German coach has managed loads of players including Messi and Mbappe
  • The 53-year-old has picked a surprise name as the most influential player in the footballing world

Luis Enrique stands out as one of the most well-travelled managers in the world of football.

Having initially made a name for himself as a player at Barcelona, the 53-year-old transitioned to coaching by taking charge of the Catalan club's feeder team in 2009.

His exceptional results quickly propelled him up the coaching ranks, and within a short two years, he assumed a managerial role at the prestigious Italian Serie A club, AS Roma.

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Paris Saint-Germain head coach Luis Enrique looks on following the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Stade de Reims and PSG. Image: Franco Arland.
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Following his stint at AS Roma, Enrique continued his managerial journey by overseeing affairs at La Liga club Celta Vigo before going on to achieve remarkable success back at Barcelona. After a trophy-laden tenure with the Catalan club, he took the reins of the Spanish national team.

Despite some setbacks at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Enrique departed the national team and eventually accepted the vacant position at the French club Paris Saint-Germain.

Throughout his managerial odyssey, Enrique has managed a host of top football stars, including the likes of eight-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, Brazil's Neymar Jr., and more recently, Kylian Mbappe.

Surprisingly, amid this array of football stars he has managed, the former Barcelona manager has singled out a rather unexpected player as the most influential footballer in the world.

Enrique names most influential footballer

Enrique revealed his choice for the most influential footballer ahead of PSG's UEFA Champions League clash against Newcastle United.

During a media session, when asked about Ousmane Dembele's form, Enrique, as quoted by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, emphatically stated,

"I keep insisting on my point: Ousmane Dembele is the most influential football player in the world. No doubts."

He went on to praise Dembele's fearless approach to the game, highlighting his resilience in the face of mistakes, his constant drive to try new things, and his ability to tune out criticism while consistently generating positive outcomes.

“He doesn’t care about mistakes. He keeps going, he loves to try. He doesn’t listen to criticism… he always generates good things”.

Despite the awe-inspiring displays put on by Dembele against Monaco, the lavish praise bestowed upon him by Enrique seems particularly surprising.

This is especially noteworthy considering that the French forward has only managed to find the back of the net once since his transfer to PSG, as reported by Whoscored. However, the manager's comments have sparked mixed reactions from various quarters amongst fans.

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Kylian Mbappe trolls teammate Ousmane Dembele

Since his €50 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Ousmane Dembele has struggled to find the back of the net for his new club.

The 26-year-old ex-Barcelona forward is yet to score a goal for his new club despite accumulating over 800 minutes of playing time.

As Sports Brief previously reported, his poor form in front of goal has led Mbappe to troll his teammate, Dembele in an interview.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).