How Messi became the most powerful player in Barca

Guardiola’s concessions and favors have contributed to making Messi the most influential player at the Camp Nou for many years. Quique Setien must be understanding this.

The former Real Betis captain does not have an impressive career or success as a coach. That makes it difficult for him to recruit players with strong personality of Barca.


Suarez publicly criticized Setien. The media mentioned the times when Barca players listened to Messi’s direction. Managing Barca dressing room has never been easy. Even a legend like Pep Guardiola also faced many difficulties in the first time leading the first team Barca.

Messi has always been. How does Messi behave on the pitch, how does he behave outside the pitch. Messi dislikes talking to the press, always hiding from the camera and dislikes having to go out and declare something to the team.

Messi doesn’t like to talk much. He only has one language expressed through the ball. Pep’s mission is, of course, to make Messi happy, creating all the conditions for this guy to perform best on the pitch.

You can punch, kick, play badly with Messi on the pitch and he will still play football as if he was back in his home town of Rosario. Messi just doesn’t like all the rest like media, advertising or attention from the girls.

Pep quickly realized that he needed to protect Messi as best as he could in the media. When he became Barca coach, Pep offered Messi to escape many interviews from the press. If so, Messi is only allowed to talk about football.

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If the situation worsens, the Barca coach needs a clever and tactful response to ask Messi to solve the problem. In football, Messi has never been afraid of anything.

Pep certainly felt fortunate to lead Messi while Xavi and Iniesta were playing. Two Barca legends are the ones who always protect Messi, but are also willing to criticize Leo when he makes a mistake. They did it after the match against Arsenal.