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Pep: Why We Will Never See Another Messi

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola: Why We Will Never See Another Lionel Messi

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 12, 2018 08:01 AM @KurtLaduma

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has explained why he believes the world will never see another player like FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, whom he managed for four years.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see images of Messi and Guardiola together at Barca.

After being appointed Barca manager in 2008, Guardiola inherited a team with a 21-year-old Messi who was on his way to becoming one of the best footballers in the world.

Guardiola took the Argentine under his wing and showed him huge favour throughout his time at the Catalan club, which is perhaps one of the reasons the team won so many trophies in those four years.

The tactician, who left the Blaugrana in 2012, has now insisted that not only is Messi a rare player for what he offers on the field, but also for who he is as a person, and that football is unlikely to ever see another player with his talent and humility.

"He's unique," he told TV3.

"We'll never see a player like him ever again.

"I'm not saying that just for what he does out on the pitch but also because he never comes out with excuses when the team loses.

"Nor does he point the finger at his agent when things he doesn't like happen."

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Messi played 219 games under Guardiola in four years, scoring 211 goals and assisting a further 96 strikes.

Do you agree with Guardiola's sentiments? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Mchumero10 Joined: 12 Apr 2018
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Mchumero10 Jun 14, 2018 10:22 AM
@NtsetG one hit wonder maybe???
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Mchumero10 Jun 14, 2018 10:21 AM
@peterjohnculas on European cups any 1 with foodball brain knows Spanish teams win their European cups under some dirty or controversial referee decisions eg when real Madrid won 5 trophies in a row it was fewer teams n d less sad about d last 3 d better
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Mchumero10 Jun 14, 2018 10:17 AM
@peterjohnculas Madrid or Barcelona win with high scores against Levante Celta etc but in EPL in d last 15 seasons different teams win cups n league laliga play few competitions which means few games EPL is d survival of d finest n toughest
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Mchumero10 Jun 14, 2018 10:12 AM
@peterjohnculas I do respect ya football views but I believe ya facts are wrong laliga falls in d same basket as German league n seria a same teams win cups n league,same top scorers but EPL is different
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Mchumero10 Jun 14, 2018 10:07 AM
@Thobz10 yes sir you HV football brain
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NtsetG Jun 13, 2018 10:50 AM
We'll never see a player like him ever again., We have Mo Salah, next question RASCIST COACH!!!!
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chipi07 Jun 13, 2018 09:52 AM
@Ricworld PSG can give him a blank cheque, he is a coward he know that players like Cavani will not woship him. Ronaldo is the kind who is supressed by the world for his outspoken character but he still shows them flames. Bale does not pass him the ball but he still outshine him.
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Sammy-Tee Jun 13, 2018 09:34 AM
I fully agree with Pep on this one. Football greats like Messi only come once in a life time. So many have played the game to the a level, but Messi, Pele, Maradona, DiStefano, Zedone, Ronaldo(Original),Ronaldinho, n CR7 are in a league of their own. Those who watched them play will fully agree with what I say.
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Ricworld Jun 13, 2018 06:27 AM
Some people just don’t get it,their ignorance is exposing their lack of football knowledge. Ronaldo left Lisbon for Man U simply because he was going to a better league,better money and one of the best team in the world. He then joined Real for the same reasons l just mentioned above, Messi’s story is different l mean he was already in the Barca system as a teen and the guy is currently the best paid footballer ....who would wanna leave all that?
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Thobz10 Jun 13, 2018 01:00 AM
Im confused coz Messi doesn't only play in the Spanish league but also the UEFA champions league where all super clubs in Europe compete, big clubs of England, Italy, Germany etc.. .but anyway the argument that Messi must leave barca is one i will not subject myself into coz its old and stup*d. This messi that is "underperforming" for Argentina took them to 3 major cups finals (including the world cup), won the best player of the tournament award in FIFA world cup 2014 lol...
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peterjohnculas Jun 13, 2018 12:06 AM
@RoMzaaaa Dear Friend, "La Liga" is the best league in the world. Just look at the amount of UEFA champions league and UEFA Europa cups they have won in the last ten years. Your argument is so lame. Zlatan left Barcelona because he couldn't keep up with the pace of La liga, as simple as that and Ronaldo came to "La Liga" from Manchester United for a record highest transfer money at that point to "play in the best league", that is "La Liga" after getting thrashed by Guardiola's Barcelona in UEFA Champions League Final and yes you can go and watch it on youtube. EPL is a second tier league, it doesn't have the quality of football as "La Liga". Yes EPL is the "most watched" league, that doesn't make it competitive. It is like saying, "Hollywood films are better because more people watch it". Strategically, talent wise and pace wise, EPL is still at premature level, that is why they are hiring good coaches who proved their worth in La Liga like Pep Guardiola, Mourinho and Pochettino. EPL doesn't even produce world class coaches or players, the last good premier league player is "Bale" and he is mostly on Real Madrid bench, that is the quality of La Liga. Messi should be an idiot to leave La Liga and obviously he is not. Your argument is "Valid" if he was playing only in "Premier league" or the "Argentinian League". Everyone wants to play in the most competitive league with the most talented and gifted players, and that Messi is doing. When Messi turns 34 or 35 and can't keep up with the pace of "La Liga", he will probably go to play "Premier League or Ligue 1 or MLS or Argentinian League or some other less competitive leagues" to finish his career. And, please, Messi is a professional football player not a tourist to experience and inculcate the culture of England, Italy, France or Germany. He will go on vacation for that. Your arguments are so silly and cliched like the ones made by Ronaldo Fan boys. It is like saying Messi should now stop playing football and prove his competitiveness by playing "Cricket".
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RoMzaaaa Jun 12, 2018 11:52 PM
@peterjohnculas, some players have the ambition of experimenting and experiencing different football cultures,test themselves. Zatlan Ibra,comes to mind...Players do not only move for the reasons you mentioned. Ronaldo left a successful Manchester team at a time when he was at the top of his game because he wanted to compete in Spain after feeling he had done it all in England...I guess the humility Pep talks about in Messi is what makes him lack that ambition. The Epl remains a top league and very competitive,more competitive than Spain,even Pep said it. It attracts one of the best players in world...why wouldn't Messi go and test himself there? He is in a comfort zone.
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peterjohnculas Jun 12, 2018 11:13 PM
@RoMzaaaa Why do people change leagues or teams? To play with a better team to win trophies, or sometimes to get more game time, or make more money right. Well, Lionel Messi debuted at the age of 17 for FC Barcelona, he won 32 trophies with the team, plays in the best league and he is the one of the highest paid footballers ever. Why would he ever want to go play in a league that is below the La Liga standard?
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peterjohnculas Jun 12, 2018 11:08 PM
@RoMzaaaa Messi plays in the best league in the world "La Liga". Why would he ever want to go to a second tier league like Serie A or EPL? Just look at the sheer number of UEFA Champions league and UEFA Europa league titles won by the Spanish teams in the last ten years. EPL and Serie A are way below the La Liga quality and only an idiot will move from La Liga to EPL or Serie a or Ligue 1.
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LpMatiki Jun 12, 2018 08:12 PM
nonsense
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RoMzaaaa Jun 12, 2018 06:21 PM
@Makitlal, England is different from Spain, France is different from spain,italy is different from spain...Messi has only ever played in Spain against teams that play in a certain way season in and season out...We will only guess if he would conquer these other countries like he did in Spain. We must not forget that he has underperformed at the international level. By the way I get it goalscorers are netball players...alright!
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Makitlal Jun 12, 2018 03:51 PM
He played for the best team in the best league. There's no need for him to go somewhere. He is a footballer not a goalscorer like Ronaldo...
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Mentashe Jun 12, 2018 01:00 PM
YES
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motjakata Jun 12, 2018 10:38 AM
Looking at Messi, you cannot even think he plays football, even when he is on team jersey ready to play you will believe that he is one weak player to walk over. He is quiet kicks the ball, kick for joy, that how Ronaldinho adivised him. He is humble. A Greate player!
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spenza aka tmaster Jun 12, 2018 10:27 AM
@RoMzaaa & smo.....The man of this words has gone or coached some of the big clubs with big player in different countries or different leagues and whatever he is saying about the G.O.A.T is what he saw him doing it in front of his eyes in games and also in training so he is speaking about he has saw in the world since the arrival of messi in football......DONE!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!

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