Barcelona will struggle post Messi, Cruyff’s best student would have been the Argentine, believes Guardiola

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Barcelona will struggle to continue their dominance in football once Argentina superstar Lionel Messi leaves the club, believes current Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

The 28-year-old has been instrumental to Barcelona’s success since his professional debut and his leadership of the team has taken new heights this season.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has 22 goals and 10 assists to his name in 25 appearances for Barcelona in the La Liga this season. The Argentine has created 52 chances for the team and has a pass accuracy of 82%, according to Squawka.com.

The heroics of Messi have helped Barcelona to garner a nine-point lead at the top of the La Liga table. With 13 more league games to go, it looks unlikely that either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid will be able to displace the Catalan club from their no. 1 position, as reported by ESPN.

“When Leo Messi quits football there will probably be a huge sink-hole in Barcelona. There won’t be Trebles, but of course, if Barcelona keeps doing things well, they might be able to fight against Bayern Munich.” Guardiola said jokingly to RAC1.

Messi was the most destructive weapon Guardiola had when he managed Barcelona. Under his coaching, the Blaugrana won three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies.

Guardiola also went on to say that the Argentine would have been late Johan Cruyff’s best student since the man from Rosario, Argentina is the player who runs the least in the Barcelona team.

Guardiola is set to take over English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester City on July 01, 2016 after winning two consecutive Bundesliga titles since joining Bayern Munich and is on course for his third this season.

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