Ex-Barcelona boss brands Messi "difficult to manage" in Jordan comparison

Former Barcelona boss Quique Setien admits Lionel Messi is "difficult to manage" but has hailed him as the greatest player of all time.

The Spanish boss worked with Messi during his short stint at the Nou Camp earlier this year.

Setien's reign never got off the ground and, after surrendering the La Liga title, the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in Europe saw him axed.

He and Messi never struck up any great connection and the Argentine was not afraid to call out Setien's tactics.

And the former Real Betis manager acknowledges that the 33-year-old is not about to change his ways but does feel as if there is more to him than meets the eye.

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"I think Messi is the best of all time," Setien said in an interview with El Pais.

"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."

Setien took charge of 25 games as Barcelona boss, winning 16 and losing on five occasions.

Ronald Koeman is the man tasked with restoring success to the Nou Camp, but he has endured a challenging start.

The Catalans drew away to Alaves on Saturday night with Antoine Griezmann getting on the scoresheet.

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