How has Pep Guardiola changed the World of Football?
Pep Guardiola. Arguably one of the greatest managers ever to grace world football. He created the false nine, masterminded the rise of Lionel Messi and coached one of the best footballing XI’s ever. He was coached himself by footballing legend Johan Cruyff and played in the Dutchman’s “Dream Team”, that won the club’s first European Cup in 1992. He himself played 324 times for Barcelona at all levels, whilst also getting 61 appearances for Spain on the international stage.
Whilst trophies themselves aren’t rare at Barcelona, after Frank Rijkaard left Barcelona in 2008 and Pep Guardiola succeeded him no one could’ve seen the success the Spaniard would have. In his first season in Catalunya, the Spaniard won all three major trophies at the time (La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League). The players in his team included the likes of (a young) Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry, Xavi, Iniesta and Carles Puyol. Despite the wealth of talent within the ranks, it was Guardiola’s fresh and revolutionary ideas that would go on to change the Catalonian club and the world of football.
The Spaniard was massively influential in the rise of Lionel Messi, the creation of the false nine role which allowed Messi to grow his game into the unique playing style that he has. Messi’s outstanding goal scoring record for the Catalan giants, stemmed from Pep Guardiola master minding tactics that orientated around him and played to his strengths. Post-Guardiola, Messi has continued his form however the ever consistent record of Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Messi’s dominance and in spite of Messi signing until 2021 rumours of a reunion with Guardiola at Manchester City could still have happened.