Messi almost left Barca in his first year playing for the first team. At the same time, Guardiola was also dragged out of the Catalan club.
Messi has had more than 15 years playing for Barca first team and achieved countless successes. But his path may have been different if he left Barca in the first 1-2 years of the first team.
Getafe president Angel Torres recently revealed that he almost reached an agreement to bring both Messi and coach Pep Guardiola to Getafe when the two of them had not yet made a big deal in the Barca squad. The basis for Angel Torres to implement this intention is a very good relationship with Joan Laporta, former Barca president during 2003-2010.
At that time, Messi had not yet won an official position in the team full of Barca’s stars. However, Rijkaard still highly appreciates the talent of the 18-year-old Argentine. Rijkaard’s decision helped Barca retain a gem and Messi also had the opportunity to play in the right environment to rise to become the best player in the world.
Obviously, Messi will be difficult to develop to the current level without the guidance of coach Rijkaard, or coach Pep Guardiola, who helps the Argentine striker perfect his goalscoring skills in four seasons working together at Barca.
But President Angel Torres also nearly broke this connection when trying to bring Guardiola coach to Getafe in 2008. “During a UEFA meeting in Switzerland, I spoke with Barca Sports Director Txiki Begiristain about Coach exchange ideas. Laudrup will go to Barca and Guardiola will switch to Getafe in the opposite direction. I made this suggestion because Laporta didn’t originally intend to use Guardiola in the first team. ”
But then, coach Rijkaard resigned because he did not bring a title for Barca in the 2007/08 season. At this time, Barca had to choose between Laudrup and Guardiola. The Danish strategist has a better profile when leading Getafe to the final of the King’s Cup and the quarter-finals of the 2007/08 UEFA Cup.
But in the end, Laporta decided to bet on Guardiola only had experience leading Barca youth teams. That adventure has helped Barca enter an extremely successful phase. They won 14 titles in 4 seasons under Guardiola. In particular, the most impressive achievement is the historic 6 in 2009, Barca won all the competitions attended.
Now, Laporta is planning to run for c -fashioned Barca president next term and Angel Torres presidents support the return of friends.