Lionel Messi: Inter Miami Star Names the 3 Coaches That Made Him ‘Fall in Love’ With FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi: Inter Miami Star Names the 3 Coaches That Made Him ‘Fall in Love’ With FC Barcelona

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 13, 2024 at 8:16 AM
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  • Lionel Messi named Man City boss, Pep Guardiola, and two other coaches that made him enjoy his stint with Barcelona
  • The 2022 World Cup winner spent more than 15 years with the Catalan giants, winning a plethora of trophies
  • In over 700 appearances for La Blaugrana, Messi notched an impressive 672 goals, making the club's record scorer

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Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi, has revealed the three coaches who made him "fall in love" during his time at FC Barcelona.

At 36, Messi is approaching the end of what many consider the greatest football career of all time, a significant portion of which he spent at Barcelona.

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Lionel Messi celebrates his third goal during Barcelona's 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League on October 19, 2016. Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA.
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Over 17 seasons with La Blaugrana, Messi made a club-record 778 appearances and scored an astounding 672 goals, averaging 0.86 goals per game, according to the club's website.

His impressive trophy haul includes 10 league titles, four Champions League trophies, and three Club World Cups. Additionally, he won the Golden Shoe as Europe’s top goalscorer six times, setting yet another record.

Messi names 3 Barcelona coaches he adores

During his nearly two-decade tenure in Catalonia, Messi played under eight managers, three of whom were interim.

Although he made his debut under Frank Rijkaard, Messi credited three particular coaches with enhancing his love for the club.

"I was happy in Barcelona under the management of [Pep] Guardiola, Luis Enrique, and [Ernesto] Valverde," he said, as cited by Albiceleste Talk.

Messi's statistics under Barcelona coaches

Lionel Messi played the most matches under Pep Guardiola, with his performance statistics under each coach providing interesting insights.

His most productive period was notably under Guardiola, the current Manchester City manager. (All statistics sourced from Transfermarkt.)




Frank Rijkaard



Pep Guardiola



Jordi Roura



Tito Vilanova



Luis Enrique



Ernesto Valverde



Quique Setien



Ronaldo Koeman



What does Messi's future look like?

The 2022 World Cup winner is under contract with Inter Miami until 2025, with an option for an additional year.

He aims to conclude his career with the Herons but has no immediate retirement plans, per the BBC.

How Messi's Barca loyalty favoured Dortmund in UCL final?

Lionel Messi's Barcelona loyalty led him to support Borussia Dortmund to win the 2023–24 UEFA Champions League over Real Madrid, as reported by Sports Brief.

Reflecting on the match, Messi, who scored 25 goals in 45 appearances against Madrid, detailed his support for Dortmund in the final.

Building on his previous statement, the 2022 World Cup winner stressed that his loyalty to Barcelona prevents him from backing Los Blancos.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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