Barcelona former boss, Quique Setien has said that Lionel Messi is hard to manage and that he struggled to stamp his authority on the Argentina star during his time in charge.

Setien 62, took the reins at Barcelona in January after the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde but lasted just over six months at the club before being shown the door.

He said that Messi is the ‘best of all time’ but claims he has a way of getting what ‘he wants’ at Barcelona, where he has spent his entire career and cemented legendary status.

Speaking to El Pais, Setien said- “I think Messi is the best of all time,” Setien said. “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.”

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