Axed Barcelona boss Quique Setien says Lionel Messi is ‘difficult to manage’

Setien says Messi is ‘difficult to manage’ Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Quique Setien admitted Lionel Messi is ‘difficult to manage’ after his ill-fated spell as Barcelona manager.

Setien was only at the club for six months after replacing Ernesto Valverde in January before being sacked after a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Barcelona failed to win silverware and Messi attempted to force through an exit in the summer, which was eventually blocked by the club.

Setien gave an insight into what it’s like to manage Messi and compared him to basketball great Michael Jordan.

And he confessed it was challenging to manage someone with six time Ballon d’Or winner Messi’s CV.

‘I think Messi is the best of all time,’ Setien told El Pais. 

Messi threatened to leave the club (Picture: Getty)

‘There have been other great players who have been great, but the continuity that this boy has had throughout the years has not been had by anyone.

‘Leo is difficult to manage. Who am I to change him! If they have accepted him as he is for years and have not changed him.

‘There’s another facet beyond just the player and it’s more difficult to manage. Much more difficult.

‘It’s something inherent in many athletes that can be seen in the Michael Jordan documentary (“The Last Dance”). You see things you don’t expect.

‘He’s very reserved but he makes you see the things that he wants. He doesn’t talk much.’

Things haven’t improved much since Setien’s departure. A 1-1 draw with Alaves saw them fail to win for a fourth consecutive La Liga match.

They are 12th in the table and eight points behind league leaders Real Madrid.

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