Jose Mourinho claims Lionel Messi, not Pep Guardiola, is the reason for Barcelona’s astronomical success over the past decade.
The Catalan giants have won 21 major honours since Messi’s debut 10-and-a-half years ago.
During that time, the Argentine has cemented his place in football’s hall of fame as one of the greatest players to have ever lived.
He was at his blistering best on Wednesday as Luis Enrique’s side put one foot in the Champions League final with a 3-0 win over Bayern Munich.
Success in the competition this campaign would bring about Barcelona’s fourth European title in the last 10 seasons and Mourinho reckons it’s all down to one man.
“One thing is a team. Another thing is a team with Messi,” said Mourinho. “It is a different story.
“He played a Champions League final with [Frank] Rijkaard. He played a Champions League final with Guardiola. He – normally – is playing a Champions League final with Luis Enrique. And if one day he plays for Anthony (a generic Portuguese name), then Anthony will go to a Champions League final with him.
“So when people analyse teams, you have to remember that this boy makes everything different.
Messi was linked with a move to Chelsea in January after it emerged that the four-time World Player of the Year was having trouble getting along with Barca boss Luis Enrique.
And Mourinho reckons if Messi moved to a team in the Premier League, that team would have as good a chance as any of winning the Europe’s top prize.
He added: “You have doubts that Man City with Messi can win the Champions League? Or Arsenal with Messi can win the Champions League? Or Chelsea with Messi can win the Champions League? Or Man United with Messi can win the Champions League? I think so.
Lionel Messi made Barcelona great, Not Pep Guardiola Claims Jose Mourinho
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