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Martino: Messi Instrumental in Barca Job Offer
Football Espana, July 24th, 2013 3:42PM

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Gerardo Martino, who will be officially unveiled as the new coach of Barcelona on Friday, expressed his surprise at being given the job, and believes that the support of star striker Lionel Messi and his father were instrumental in the club’s decision to sign him.

Speaking at a press conference in Argentina the former coach of Newell’s Old Boys, where Messi played before joining Barcelona at age 13, said: “I do not know the details nor the depth, but Jorge [Messi] and Lionel have spoken with the club and have been asked their opinion. I do not know the percentages or what happened, but thank you. Every Argentine should thank them.”

Martino added: “Did training Messi attract me to the job? From the outside it is what you may think, while obviously within the context of what it means to be coach of Barcelona, it is also something of importance to train the world’s best player. We will find the best setup so that we can help him to remain the special player that he is.”

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1 comment
  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: July 24, 2013 at 5:43 p.m.
    Well of course, without messi they can't score, without scoring they tiki-taka the ball all they want, but they can't beat any of the big clubs in europe. Messi is the boss right now.


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