Pep: Messi was my Michael Jordan

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has explained what it was like having Lionel Messi in his side during his tenure at FC Barcelona, likening him to basketball legend Michael Jordan.

The Spaniard managed the Argentine in Catalonia for four seasons between 2008 and 2012.

The pair shared a trophy-laden spell together, consisting of 14 pieces of silverware, including three La Liga titles and two UEFA Champions League trophies.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the 14 titles Pep and Messi won together, per talkSPORT

Guardiola has now revealed that having the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner on his team was like when legendary Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson had Michael Jordan under him, a relationship that is regarded by many to be the best player-coach duo in sports history.

"What does Messi mean? Everything, everything, Messi is like Michael Jordan," the 51-year-old said in an interview with Ole.

"It's like when Phil Jackson could feel that feeling that everything was flowing and there were no problems.

"I owe him a good bottle of wine to thank him for the contracts he allowed me to sign.

"We had an amazing group of players who helped him when we were together at Barcelona in those four years. There were a lot of stars at the right time and the right age for everyone, with Xavi, Carles Puyol and Andres Iniesta too.

"There was unique chemistry. Without Messi, we would still have won.

"But would we have won so much? No, impossible."

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The pair were linked with a reunion last year after Messi left Barca, but a move to Manchester did not materialise as the 34-year-old opted to join Paris Saint-Germain instead.

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