Quique Setien, Barcelona new manager, labels Messi 'best player in history'

Quique Setien, Barcelona new manager, labels Messi 'best player in history'

- Quique Setien has been appointed new Barcelona boss

- The Spaniard takes over from Ernesto Valverde and will be in charge of the club until 2022

- Setien who clocked 61 in September 2019 said he wanted to watch Messi play until he clocks 60

Quique Setien was appointed Barcelona's new manager following their decision to sack former boss Ernesto Valverde earlier this week.

Their decision came on the back of their 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semifinal clash last weekend.

Although, the Catalans are at the summit of the La Liga table with 40 points - same as their bitter rivals Real Madrid.

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The club's performances are however not convincing in all competitions after crashing out of the Champions League in the semifinal stage last season despite taking favourable advantage in the first leg.

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They lost to both AS Roma and Liverpool in successive seasons in the European championship following the same pattern on both occasions.

Setien, who will be in charge of the Catalan club until the summer of 2022 was said to have said that he wanted to watch Lionel Messi play at the age of 60.

And four months after clocking 61, the Spaniard has been named Barca and will have the chance to work with the Argentine at close range.

Setien's Real Betis were the last team to visit and claim maximum points at the Camp Nou last season running off with a 4-3 victory at the end of the game.

Sergio Busquets was also said to have given his shirt to the former Racing Santander, Equatorial Guinea, and Las Palmas boss.

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The midfielder wrote added a caption: "For Quique with love and admiration for your way of looking at football. All the best."

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According to Barcelona website, Setien referred to Messi as "a luxury and the best player in history."

Meanwhile, Marca delved back even further for quotes from the new man on a visit he paid to Barca back in Pep Guardiola's days as boss.

"One day, invited by Guardiola, I had the opportunity to watch Messi train from the side of the pitch," Setien told El Pais, as quoted by Marca.

"I went up to him and I asked him to keep playing until I was 60 years old, at least until I die."

Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona have sacked manager Ernesto Valverde despite topping the La Liga standings this season after 19 games with 40 points.

In each of his two seasons as Barcelona gaffer, Ernesto Valverde won the Spanish La Liga title, but that did not prevent him from getting the axe as the club made up their plan on Sunday, January 12.

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Barcelona chiefs were said to have been looking for a new manager since their defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup semifinal where Diego Simeone's men came from behind to win.

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