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Josep Guardiola


Josep Guardiola

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Josep Guardiola, also called Pep Guardiola is the manager of Barcelona FC football club. He spent the majority of his playing career at the same club. Josep Guardiola was member of the Johan Cruyff's dream team that won Barcelona's first European Cup.

Leaving Barcelona Club

In April 2012, Pep Guardiola has decided to leave the Barcelona football club. It was learnt that Guardiola had told Barcelona he wants to leave after four years in charge. Reports say that Chelsea representatives have been in touch with Guardiola for months persuading him to join the Chelsea club as manager. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to have offered complete authority to manage the club.

After Guardiola announced that he would leave Barcelona at the end of the season, Lionel Messi paid tribute to Guardiola saying, "I owe him everything. I want to thank Pep from the bottom of my heart for so much that he has given to my career and to me as person,"

In his last home game as the manager of the Barcelona Football club, Messi scored 4 goals to defeat Espanyol 4-0. Messi in the process scored his 50th goal, a Spanish league-record. Guardiola now has won 13 titles for Barcelona during his stint as the manager of the club.

Guardiola rejected Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's offer of 12 million pounds-a-year to manage the Chelsea football club. He was in talks with Chelsea after he announced that he is quitting the Barcelona club. Had he agreed to manage the club, Guardiola would have become the highest paid football manager.

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