IgbereTV reports that former Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola said that, as soon as he saw Lionel Messi play for the first time, he knew the club would ‘win everything’. Guardiola who is currently the Manchester City boss oversaw 247 games at Barcelona, winning La Liga three times, the Copa del Rey twice and two Champions Leagues, among other silverware.
It was Guardiola’s that made Messi a false-nine and the player soon started to perform excellently.
He said, “I had already been told by someone from the squad that there was a very good player in the squad. They told me that he was very young but scored many goals and he was very good.”
On his first contact with Messi, Guardiola told Catalunya Radio, “I did not know him and one day I saw him and his father at a Nike store. I saw him, he looked small and shy and I thought: ‘Is this one as good as they say?’ “We started pre-season in Scotland, we won 6-1, 5-0 and he would score three goals a game for you. I thought that, with him, we would win everything.”