Lionel Messi has hailed Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as the best coaches he has worked with during his Barcelona career, stating that he was “lucky” to have both as mentors.
The two coaches remain highly respected tactical masters of the past decade and a half at Camp Nou, with their spells between 2008 and 2017 netting nearly two dozen trophies in total.
Guardiola led the Blaugrana from 2008 to 2012, earning 14 great honors and helping establish Messi as one of soccer’s great talents during his tenure in the Catalan region.
Subsequently, former Spanish international Luis Enrique assumed command in 2014 after brief moments at the helm of the late Tito Vilanova and Gerardo Martino, which led to the club a hat-trick of 2014-15 Copa del Rey and Champions League wins. , among other honors.
In 105 league appearances with Luis Enrique, Messi scored 106 goals, scoring every 84.29 minutes on average, provided 43 assists and created a total of 251 chances.
Although the striker and Barça have enjoyed success since Luis Enrique left, they have not been able to recover the highs of their time, as Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien did not meet expectations, while Ronald Koeman is enduring a difficult start .
Now, in an interview with La Sexta that will be broadcast on December 27, Messi affirmed that Guardiola and Luis Enrique are the best with whom he has worked.
“Pep has something special, he makes you see things in a [different] “said the six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“How he prepared the matches, defensively, how to attack, he told you exactly where the game was, how you had to attack to win.
“I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with Guardiola and Luis Enrique, the two best. Have them [for so long] It made me grow a lot in football and in the tactical wisdom that they taught me ”.
Messi led Barça to a 3-0 win over Real Valladolid on Tuesday, beating Pelé’s record of 643 goals for a team in the process.
The blaugrana are next in action on December 29 when they host Eibar in La Liga, before starting 2021 with a trip to Huesca.