Quique Setien lasted simply eight months as Barcelona’s head coach this 12 months earlier than he was sacked by the Catalan membership in August.
The previous Actual Betis coach was by no means going to outlive after dropping 8-2 to Bayern Munich within the Champions League.
Setien, who’s at the moment out of labor, was changed by Ronald Koeman forward of the 2020-21 marketing campaign.
Lionel Messi didn’t all the time see eye-to-eye with the Spanish coach however was nonetheless distinctive on the pitch.
In 44 video games (all competitions), Messi had a hand in 58 Barcelona targets – scoring 31 occasions and aiding 27 targets for his teammates.
“I believe Messi is the perfect of all time,” the 62-year-old mentioned. “There have been different nice gamers who’ve been nice, however the continuity that this boy has had all through the years has not been had by anybody.
“Leo is tough to handle. Who am I to vary him! If they’ve accepted him as he’s for years and haven’t modified him.
“There’s one other side past simply the participant and it is tougher to handle. Way more tough. It is one thing inherent in lots of athletes that may be seen within the Michael Jordan documentary (“The Final Dance”). You see issues you do not count on.
“He is very reserved however he makes you see the issues that he desires. He does not discuss a lot.”
In the meantime, particulars have emerged a couple of heated change between the pair after Barcelona drew 2-2 with Celta Vigo in June.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner reportedly urged the coach to have respect for the gamers within the dressing room who’ve received greater than him.
“For those who don’t love what I mentioned, you already know the place the door is,” Setien is known to have instructed Messi.
Messi reportedly reacted by laughing compassionately at his supervisor.
No supervisor crosses Messi and survives to inform the story.
It’s patently clear that the Argentine wields an terrible lot of energy at Camp Nou. Even membership president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the remainder of the board ended up resigning final week after Messi misplaced religion in them.
Regardless of Setien’s departure, Messi nonetheless requested to go away Barça this summer time.
However the 33-year-old reluctantly agreed to remain for the ultimate 12 months of his contract as a result of he didn’t need to take the membership to court docket in a bid to pressure his exit.