Angel Torres, President of Getafe, admitted that he had discussed with FC Barcelona about the signatures of Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola.
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“During the first or second year of Messi in the first team in FC Barcelona, we were very close to taking him to Getafe on loan”said Angel Torres to Marca. “In the end, the coach at the time, Frank Rijkaard did not agree and we only had that wish. “ Despite this disappointment, Torres approached Barça again in the summer of 2008, this time for Pep Guardiola.
“Laporta was not convinced by Pep Guardiola”
Torres had identified the Manchester City coach as a potential successor to Michael Laudrup, who would replace Rijkaard at Camp Nou. The former Danish international was used after a big first campaign at Getafe, which led the club to the Copa del Rey final and the UEFA Cup quarter-finals. “One day, Barcelona’s sports director, Txiki Begiristain, was at a European draw in Switzerland and the idea was that Michael Laudrup would go to Barcelona and we should have Pep Guardiola as a replacement, because initially Laporta was not convinced by Pep at all”said Torres.
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Despite speculation, Michael Laudrup’s proposed move to Camp Nou never made it and it was Pep Guardiola who ended up being promoted from Team B to first team and taking his place on the sidelines for Camp Nou, leaving Getafe again to wonder what could have happened to the Catalans at the head. It turned out to be a choice inspired by the hierarchy of Barça. The club then experienced a period of golden glory under Pep Guardiola, with Messi’s goal at the heart of this success.
The Catalan giant won 14 major trophies led by Pep Guardiola, including three consecutive Liga titles and two Champions League between 2008 and 2012. Lionel Messi spent his entire professional career in Barcelona, scoring 627 goals. in 718 appearances and won a record 34 trophies with the Catalan club. A series that is still under way as the Argentine could improve again this year, as FC Barcelona is at the forefront of the Liga.