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I never got to train Lionel Messi: Jose Mourinho

Published at :February 10, 2024 at 8:04 PM
Modified at :February 10, 2024 at 8:04 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

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Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has heaped admiration on Inter-Miami star Lionel Messi while acknowledging that the legendary Argentinean player is impossible to coach.

The 36-year-old World Cup winner and his bitter rival Cristiano Ronaldo are both considered among the greatest players to have ever played the game. Messi has an amazing 715 goals in his senior club career, 672 of which he scored for Barcelona, his former team.

In addition, he has won the Ballon d’Or eight times, the most any one person has ever claimed. According to Football Italia, Mourinho responded as follows when asked who he would have preferred to collaborate with during his brilliant career:

“For example, I never got to train Lionel Messi, but then nobody can train Messi. It is absurd to think you could coach him, because he was born with everything and already knows everything. He might teach you some things. All you could say is that you had the honour of having him in your squad.”

Mourinho has had a distinguished managerial career of his own, having won three Premier League titles with Chelsea in two different stints. Additionally, he won the UEFA Champions League title with FC Porto and Inter Milan once apiece.

The Portuguese coach was fired by AS Roma in January of this year, and he is currently unemployed. As all of this is going on, Messi and his Inter Miami side are getting ready for the new Major League Soccer season, which begins on February 21 with a game against Real Salt Lake.

Due to a rumoured physical issue, Lionel Messi was unable to play in Inter Miami’s 4-1 preseason friendly victory over Hong Kong XI on February 4. But lawmaker Regina Ip isn’t too fond of the Argentine’s withdrawal.

Messi reportedly had a contract that required him to play at least 45 minutes in this game. However, the former Paris Saint-Germain player was given the day off because the risk of harm was too great.

On Thursday, February 15, the Herons will play an informal match against Messi’s boyhood team, Newell’s Old Boys, before going back to competitive play. In 14 games in every league since joining the MLS, the Barcelona icon has 11 goals and five assists.

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