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Messi vs. Guardiola: a special reunion where Leo’s first goal with PSG was imminent

The only honey that I tasted Barcelona between 2008-2012 it was that of triumph. Absolutely everything was happiness. There was no room for misery. The best team in the club’s history shone at the Camp Nou. Among the protagonists, a novice coach with an expert strategy predominated, Pep Guardiola, and also a short star who consolidated his career, Lionel Messi. Nine years have passed since the last time they shone together and this Tuesday, far away from Barça, they experienced a special reunion where the Argentine’s celebration was imminent.

Because of those nice things about soccer, we were able to enjoy a few years with two sports geniuses in the same boat. Messi and Guardiola built a relationship that few will forget, much less the Catalans. Both, from their different positions, understood each other perfectly and, not by chance, they won everything.

. Among the most glorious achievements are the two Champions League (2009 and 2011) and the historic sextet achieved in 2009.

In addition, individually, the Argentine footballer won three Ballons d’Or, two Golden Boots and two Pichichis in that glorious stage. While the Spanish strategist claimed a Ballon d’Or as DT in 2011, he won the award for best LaLiga manager for the four seasons he managed Barça and was voted UEFA’s best manager of the year twice (2009 and 2011). .

. Separated, they have also remained at the top, although very differently from what it was in the golden stage of Barcelona. And very recently, Messi and Guardiola were close to rejoining in the same club, but the dream of many finally did not materialize.

– Bad streak in Champions –

Yes OK Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi they have continued to shine in different places, both have an outstanding debt in the Champions League. Raising the ‘Orejona’ has become a frustrated desire for the two in recent seasons.

In fact,. Sampedor’s tried several times with Bayern Munich and Manchester City, and the closest he came to succeeding was in the last campaign of 2020/21, where he was runner-up after losing the final to Chelsea.

With Messi, the story is no different. . Then, it failed in the following years with a Barcelona that was in decline.

Messi’s frustration at the tournament led him down another path. ‘La Pulga’ lives a new adventure at PSG, where a firmament inhabits stars such as Neymar, Mbappé, Sergio Ramos, among others who also yearn for the Champions League. Guardiola, for his part, remains firm with the citizens and will fight again to win the title. Be that as it may, both have a millionaire obligation to win the tournament.

– A reunion that inspires the scorer Messi –

By not being able to meet in the same team, Messi and Guardiola they had no choice but to confront. In the Parque de los Príncipes another chapter of a rivalry was experienced, which the Spanish coach fears more than the Argentine footballer.

“He is the best player I have ever seen” Guardiola has repeated about Messi on several occasions. The Spanish coach has always been aware of the great talent of ‘La Pulga’. He has already directed it and he has also faced it. It has enjoyed its virtues, but it has also suffered.

With the game on Tuesday,. What’s more,.

Guardiola suffered from Lionel’s genius in the 2014/15 Champions League semi-finals, when Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg with a double from the Argentine. In the second leg, Pep’s team won 3-2, but it was not enough to reach the final.

They met again in the group stage of the 2016/17 Champions League. In the game at the Camp Nou, Barcelona beat Guardiola’s Manchester City 4-0 thanks to Messi’s hat-trick. In England, the citizens were not far behind and won 3-1. The Argentine scored the only Barça goal.

Is so

SeasonCompetitionOutcomeMessi’s goals
2014/15Semifinals / Champions LeagueBarcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich2
2014/15Semifinals / Champions LeagueBayern Munich 3-2 Barcelona0
2016/17Group stage / Champions LeagueBarcelona 4-0 Manchester City3
2016/17Group stage / Champions LeagueManchester City 3-1 Barcelona1
2021/22Group stage / Champions LeaguePSG 2-0 Manchester City1

This particular story must continue. Football will reunite them as antagonists. The PSG of Lionel Messi still has a pending match against Manchester City of Pep Guardiola, who needs to win in England and stop, however, the crack that he once had at his disposal.


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