Three-time UEFA Champions League-winning manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he would like to manage Lionel Messi before he retires.
The Everton head coach is widely considered as one of the greatest managers of the modern era with 19 major titles to his name after stints with Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Having led Real to La Decima (10th Champions League title) with Cristiano Ronaldo as his attacking talisman, Ancelotti opened up to The Guardian about his desire to coach his long-standing rival.
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"Yes of course," he said when asked if there are players he'd still like to manage one day. "Messi - if only to compare him with Ronaldo.
"In Italy, [Francesco] Totti [I would have loved to coach]. I started [my career] at Roma and have a lot of affection for them and he was an idol there. I would have liked that."
Ancelotti who has lifted league titles across four of Europe's top-five leagues transformed Everton from relegation form to a late surge for European football qualification with eight rounds of fixtures remaining since his arrival in December.