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

Adnan Riaz

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

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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.

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Credit: PA

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

Adnan Riaz
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