Messi announced on Friday that he would remain at the Camp Nou due to financial demands from the Barça board for a transfer that made such a prospect “impossible”.
Messi will leave sooner or later
Luis Enrique expressed his belief that Barcelona will continue to win without Lionel Messi while predicting that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will leave “sooner or later.” Messi announced on Friday that he would remain at the Camp Nou due to financial demands from the Barça board for a transfer that made such a prospect “impossible”. The Argentine international has accused president Josep Maria Bartomeu of saying that Messi will be free to leave if he wants to at the end of the 2019-20 season – although the clause in his contract underlying this sentiment has expired while the campaign extended by the coronavirus hiatus, was still on progress. Luis Enrique managed Messi for three seasons between 2014 and 2017 when Barça won the treble for the second time.
Barcelona is one of the best in the world
The 33-year-old has clearly expressed his disappointment that the club has not reached these heights. As of course, about the Champions League, but Luis Enrique would like a more amicable solution. “But I’m going to do it,” Luis Enrique said at a press conference. “I think that clubs are primarily people, players, and presidents. Founded in 1899, Barcelona is one of the best in the world. They have always won titles. It can be seen that there was a great relationship. Leo made Barça grow exponentially, but I would have liked it if a much more amicable agreement was reached. Sooner or later, Leo Messi will stop playing at Barça. Barcelona will continue to win trophies without Messi, and Messi will continue to be a great player.”
Luis Enrique had a great time coaching Nolito
Luis Enrique was widely known to have conflicted with Messi midway through the 2014-15 campaign before a sensational run of form inspired the Messi-Suarez-Neymar forward line – completed by Luis Suarez and Neymar – resulting in a stunning clean sweep of major trophies. Despite working with such great games and now taking over his national team’s leadership. Luis Enrique insists that it is not his nature to brag about the players he coached when he leaves the game. Indeed, it is not Messi or anyone from his current Spain national team who topped his list when it comes to favorite players he led from the dugout. “I’m not a fetishist at all,” added Luis Enrique. “I will say that I have coached a lot of players, better or worse, but that I tried to make them better.”
“If I had to say one thing, I would say I coached Nolito. I had a great time. He left the Second Division with me, and he’s a hilarious guy.”