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Lionel Messi - Top 5 Coaches In Leo's Career

Jidonu Mauyon
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FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol  - Liga BBVA
Messi has worked with some of the finest coaches in the football world

Working with the greatest player in history as a trainer is something most managers will wish happened to them in their careers. Players like Lionel Messi only come once in an era.

Therefore, managing a person like the Argentine superstar is a very remarkable occurrence to most managers. To some, it is a dream come true and only few will realize this dream in their entire life.

In the past few years, we have seen many world-class, intelligent tactical geniuses and reputed personalities taking up the role of managing the football wizard.

From Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Frank Rijkaard, Eduardo Bauza, Jorge Sampaoli, Luis Enrique and Gerardo Martino, we look at 5 big-name managers who have coached the Barca Legend in their careers.

#5 Jorge Sampaoli

RCD Espanyol v Sevilla FC - La Liga
Jorge Sampaoli is the current Argentina coach

A friend and a foe, is what describes the relationship between Jorge Sampaoli and Lionel Messi. The coach has led many teams against the Argentine superstar in recent years including denting his hopes of winning the Copa America in 2015, when his Chile team defeated Argentina in the final.

He faced the Barca legend again last year during his spell with the Spanish team, Sevilla. Although, people believe that they had a healthy inter-personal relationship

Jorge Sampaoli is one of the biggest names to train the player. They started working together since June 1, 2017, when the Argentina FA presented their coach officially. In fact, it was believed that Sampaoli influenced Messi to come out of retirement after the player declared he wasn't going to play for the Nation in 2016.

The coach was faced with a serious problem in his early times with the team, as Argentina risked their World Cup qualification. He had only one match left and needed a victory to qualify.

Then he called on the Mighty Messi to help him out. The playmaker scored a vital hat-trick against Ecuador to ensure that Sampaoli's men made it to Russia. This is a big achievement for his side considering how much the team suffered to make it to the World Cup.

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Jidonu Mauyon
Jidonu Mauyon is a football enthusiast from Nigeria, who writes for a lot of publications, including the likes of Sportainment, Cube Soccer, Give Me Sport, FootballXtra, and Sportskeeda. He is a great fan of Lionel Messi and he likes to write about Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also covers a lot of topics relating to the EPL, La Liga, Seria A and the Ligue 1. He has been doing great in the field, helping to intensify the passion for the beautiful game by sharing his opinions with his fellow soccer fans across the globe. His works have earned him recognition, notably claiming the Best Essay Writer award in the 2015 Milo Sports Writing Competition. To him, his followers are his best friends and he would go a long way to ensure that he keeps them refreshed and entertained. You love football and he does too, why not follow him so you can burn the passion together?
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