Lionel Messi jokes Guardiola ‘did football a lot of HARM’ because he made it ‘so easy, so simple’

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Lionel Messi has jokingly said that Pep Guardiola did damage to football by making it so easy and simple.

Messi spent four extremely successful seasons under Guardiola, winning the Champions League twice and LaLiga on three occasions.

Guardiola has continued to prove himself, both with Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

Speaking to ESPN about his former boss, Messi said: ‘Guardiola did football a lot of harm because he made it look so easy and so simple that everyone wanted to copy him,’ Messi said smiling.

‘Later I found many ‘Guardiolas’ out there and you realise what we did and what that was.’

Asked if the Spanish tactician was the best coach he’s ever had, Messi said: ‘Without a doubt.

‘He has something special, above all how he watched and prepared for matches and how he communicates, because of how he transmitted it to you.’

Messi is having a fine season after a disappointing debut campaign with Paris Saint-Germain.

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