Lionel Messi Must Really Hate Pep Guardiola And England

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If there have been two criticisms that have followed Lionel Messi around though his career like yappy little dogs nipping at his ankles—too insignificant to be an actual threat, and just persistent enough to register as a minor annoyance—they have been these: First, he had the good fortune of playing on a superteam alongside Xavi, Andrés Iniesta et al while being coached by all-time great manager Pep Guardiola, who devised the perfect scheme to maximize his talents; second, that he couldn’t have done what he has done had he played in England. What this amounts to is saying that because Messi played with other extremely good players in a uniquely perfect system, he’s not actually as good as he seems.

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