When Zlatan Slammed The Barca Of Messi And Pep Guardiola
Do you know who was the reason Zlatan left FC Barcelona ? Lionel Messi! He wanted to play a bigger role on the team. Too bad for Zlatan, who had only recently joined the team.
When Messi started talking, and asked to have more of a role on the pitch. Pep Guardiola listened to him. He listened to Messi without even deigning to look at me.
Talented as he was, Zlatan was the underdog. And a lot of that had to do with the team’s playing style. Which didn’t really have room for Zlatan’s outsized individualism.
Barca was like middle school. Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and the rest were all kind of goody two shoes. It was like the world’s best players were just there to follow orders. I didn’t see myself in that. It was ridiculous! – Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Zlatan wasn’t the only one to suffer from the Guardiola-Messi thing. A lot of players left Barca especially those with strong personalities.
Pep Guardiola couldn’t really handle strong personalities. It’s not a coincidence that he struggled with guys like Ronaldinho, Deco, Eto’o, Henry and me. Messi might have even asked for some people to leave. And Barca would have listed to their superstar!
You know why Barca let them go? They were afraid of losing Messi – Aleksandr Hleb.
It’s a strategy that seems to have paid off for Barca. Under Pep Guardiola the Catalan team has won: 2x UEFA Champions League trophies, 3x La Liga titles, 2x UEFA Supercups. Ibra only stayed with FC Barcelona for one year, before signing with AC Milan. He’d finally run into his rival the following year. But there was no bitterness.
I don’t have any problem with Mr. Ibrahimovic. We do not plan a press conference to shake hands. If we meet we will greet each other as the sportsmen that we are – Pep Guardiola.
For Zlatan it was a dream come true arriving at Barca. And he feels sorry that it lasted just one year. For him Barca is the greatest club in the world. Zlatan feels honored that he had the chance to play for FC Barcelona at Camp Nou.