- Lionel Messi won 14 trophies at Barcelona under Pep Guardiola
- Erig Ten Hag says the Argentine has lost his form since Guardiola left
- Pep Guardiola is currently the coach of EPL side Manchester City
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has claimed that Barcelona star Lionel Messi has failed to play at the same level in which he played under former manager Pep Guardiola.
During the four years that Lionel Messi played under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, he was so superb winning 14 trophies and also four Ballon d'Or awards.
But since the departure of Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, Lionel Messi has only been able to win the Ballon d'Or awards two times.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag still believes Messi is no longer the player he once was.
"Messi was one of the leaders, but he also worked for the team and excelled as a result. He has never been as good as under Guardiola.
"Barcelona has not won much in European terms in recent years either.
"Messi still excels, but now also occasionally goes through the lower limit. It was never like that under Guardiola.
"Pep has guts, he dares to be pioneering and innovative,'' Ten Hag told Voetbal International.
Lionel Messi won the last Ballon d'Or award beating Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Brazilian football legend Rivaldo explained that Lionel Messi's dominance at Barcelona is responsible for Philippe Coutinho's unimpressive performances at the Nou Camp.
Despite pleas from Liverpool fans for Philippe Coutinho not to leave Anfield last two seasons, the Brazilian forced his dream move to Barcelona.
Liverpool however moved ahead with their lives without Philippe Coutinho in which they have gone to win the Champions League.
But Philippe Coutinho on the other hand has not been able to get his rhythm at Barcelona compared to how he was superb before leaving the Premier League.
Barcelona were then forced to loan him out to German giants Bayern Munich until the end of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season.
There have been reports that Bayern Munich are planning to send Philippe Coutinho back to Barcelona this summer as they have no interest of signing him permanently.
According to the report on UK Mirror, the Catalans on the other hand are not ready to allow him stay and could sell him out this summer.
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