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The First Time Lionel Messi Played In The 'False Nine' Role Changed Football Forever

The First Time Lionel Messi Played In The 'False Nine' Role Changed Football Forever

Lionel Messi must have loved every moment that he played under former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

During the 47-year-old Spaniard's time at the Camp Nou, the Spanish side collected 14 trophies in four seasons and he became the most successful coach in the club's history.

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Whether it was La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España or the Champions League, Messi was a force to be reckoned with under the Manchester City boss' tuteleage.

Guardiola would use the 31-year-old Argentine in a 'false nine' role and he would be devastating, especially in a team that boasted the midfield talents of Xavi and Andrés Iniesta.

While the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been used as a right winger in more recent seasons -- still being a deadly threat in front of the net -- there's no denying that the 2008-09 Barcelona team could rival Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team' as the best side in the club's history.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
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Messi, who recently broke his silence on finishing fifth for the 2018 Ballon d'Or, has said that he would love to work with Guardiola again -- and it is not hard to see why!

FourFourTweet has created an incredible thread that details the Barcelona team under Guardiola and Messi's influence as a false nine.

Grab a brew and have a read of the thread below.













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Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Xavi, Football News, Football, Pep Guardiola, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Johan Cruyff, La Liga, Camp Nou

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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