Messi and Guardiola at Getafe

Ángel Torres reveals that, due to the good relationship he has with Joan Laporta, he almost missed the pair.

Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola were the main figures of a Barcelona that continues to be considered one of the best teams in history. The pair got to know Camp Nou, but could have done it … at Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe stadium.

This is because, in an interview with the Spanish newspaper Marca this Wednesday, the president of the azulones, Ángel Torres, reveals that, due to the good relationship he has with Joan Laporta, who at the time led the blaugrana, he was about to hire the player and the coach.

“In Messi’s first or second year, we had almost everything done so that he came to Getafe on loan. In the end, Rijkaard did not accept, and we were left with just the will,” recalled the historic Spanish leader.

Three years later, it was time to try Pep Guardiola: “One day, we were in a European draw, Txiki [Begiristain, who at the time was Barcelona’s sporting director] and me, and the idea was that Laudrup would train the Barcelona, ​​and we were left with Guardiola as a substitute, because Laporta, at first, was not convinced with him “.

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Ángel Torres reveals that, due to the good relationship he has with Joan Laporta, he almost missed the pair.

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