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I am from Lionel Messi’s city and managed him at Barcelona AND Argentina – now I can cease him ever successful the World Cup

LIONEL MESSI hails from Rosario, a metropolis of round 1.5million throughout the Argentine province of Santa Fe.

Additionally from Rosario is Gerardo Martino – the person at present planning to dump him out of his last World Cup.


Gerardo Martino managed Messi for a season at BarcelonaCredit score: AFP
Martino, 60, also coached Messi as Argentina boss


Martino, 60, additionally coached Messi as Argentina bossCredit score: Getty

On the age of 35, Messi is on his fifth and last try at successful the trophy that has up to now eluded him throughout his glittering profession.

After his aspect fell to a shock 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia earlier this week, nevertheless, they already discover themselves on the ropes.

And the person that might mastermind the knockout blow is none different than fellow son of Rosario Martino – at present boss of the Mexico nationwide crew.

Ought to El Tri win on Saturday, Messi and Co can be eradicated from the match with a gaggle recreation nonetheless to play.

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Martino’s hyperlinks with Messi go approach again.

The 60-year-old was a high quality attacking midfielder in his enjoying profession, representing Newell’s Outdated Boys in three separate stints earlier than additionally happening to handle them.

The truth is, throughout Martino’s last spell as a participant with Newell’s in 1995, an eight-year-old Leo Messi had simply joined their academy.

Messi would pack his baggage for Barcelona 5 years later, the place his path would finally cross with Martino once more.


After his spell as supervisor of Newell’s in the course of the 2012-13 season, Martino discovered himself within the body for the Barca job – regardless of having by no means coached in Europe earlier than.

Messi was an outspoken supporter of his, saying in 2013: “I like Tata Martino. He is a superb coach and he confirmed that within the Clausura with what he did for the crew, the best way it ended and the way he did it. He will get his groups enjoying properly and all of us respect him.”

Collectively at Barca after which with the Argentina nationwide crew, they’d fail to win any trophies collectively – ending as runners-up in LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and twice on the Copa America.

Martino has since rebuilt his profession first with Atlanta United in MLS, and now with Mexico.

Experiences on the time instructed that the revered coach discovered it tough to handle Messi.

Quizzed about these claims, he was noncommittal, saying: “It’s a matter of the previous. Now I’m the coach of Mexico.

“I consider that folks say and do issues once we are within the place – after it has no validity.

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“I already expressed myself in these moments and there’s nothing that adjustments my opinion – my time with Barcelona handed a very long time in the past, and there’s nothing so as to add.”

Whether or not or not his reminiscences of managing Messi are marred – Martino might have the final snigger this weekend.

Martino is now coach of Mexico


Martino is now coach of MexicoCredit score: AP
Messi's World Cup dreams hang in the balance


Messi’s World Cup goals dangle within the stabilityCredit score: Getty

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