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Messi’s departure the best thing for Koeman.

Mido on Messi
  • Messi’s potential departure will aid Ronald Koeman to build his empire at Barcelona, says Ahmed Hossam Mido
  • The Egyptian who played under Koeman at Ajax revealed that the Netherland gaffer doesn’t like big characters in the dressing room.

Koeman doesn’t need characters like him in the dressing room, Mido on Messi ‘s imminent departure from Barcelona.

Lionel Messi, on Wednesday, dropped a bombshell transfer exit request at Barcelona.

According to reports, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner sent a fax to Barcelona communicating his intention to leave the club he’s played at for 20 years.

The 33-year-old Argentine demanded to leave Barcelona by activating a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave on a free transfer.

But with Barcelona insisting that the clause expired in August, Messi, who’s highly demanded by top European clubs is adamant about leaving his boyhood club, and working it out with his legal team on how his departure from the Nou Camp can be done amicably.


Weighing on the current situation at Barcelona, Mido posits that Barcelona’s newly appointed coach will be the biggest beneficiary of Messi’s potential departure from the club.

According to the former Egyptian striker, who had spells with Ajax, Tottenham, Middlesbrough, amongst others, Messi’s presence at Barcelona would be a blockage for Koeman to build his empire.

 Koeman is one of the best coaches I have trained with and he has a very strong character, but he is going to face many difficulties if Messi stays,” Mido, per AS.

“The best thing that could happen to Koeman is the potential departure of Messi.

“Koeman won’t be able to build his empire with Messi existing in the dressing room.

“Koeman was my coach for two and a half years and no matter how much time goes by, he is still unable to handle players with strong characters and he doesn’t want a player who has an opinion.”

Since making his senior debut for Barcelona in 2004, Messi has won La Liga on 10 occasions and lifted the Champions League four times.

On an individual level, Messi has won the Ballon d’Or a record six times, including a run of four straight wins between 2009 and 2012.

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