6 Footballers Who Totally Betrayed Their Manager

6. Lionel Messi Wields His Influence

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And there you were, thinking Leo Messi was Mr. Nice Guy.

During Pep Guardiola's tenure in the Barcelona dugout, his relationship with Messi was often a tumultuous one.

Famously, Messi took particular umbrage with the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Argentine reportedly instructed Pep to play him as a central striker and to put Zlatan out on the wing - otherwise Messi wouldn't play.

But that wasn't it for Messi - viewed by many as the greatest player in the history of the beautiful game - for he later had a falling out with Luis Garcia that saw the player train on his own as he looked to again reiterate how he was the power player at the Catalan Club.

No player in the world football has as much influence on their club as Lionel Messi, and he's clearly not afraid to screw over his manager if he sees fit.

 
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