Former Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has heaped reward on each Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta upon his return to the Camp Nou.
These days, Rijkaard is having fun with his retirement, having introduced again in December 2016 that he now not needs to pursue a place in administration.
The Dutchman loved a profitable 5 years with Barcelona, profitable each the Champions League (2005/06) and La Liga twice (2004/05, 2005/06). Rijkaard’s greatest achievement nonetheless, was fairly probably handing a 17-year-old Lionel Messi his debut 13 years in the past.
13 years later and quite a bit has modified for Riijkard, however his admiration for Messi has not.
“Now I’m a household man and I’m blissful to have seen one other Barcelona recreation,” the Dutchman informed Marca, as he returned to observe Barcelona’s 2-2 dwelling draw to Celta Vigo final Saturday, a recreation by which Messi scored.
“He [Messi] is a god for everybody.”
Since his debut again in 2004, the document five-time Ballon d’Or winner has gone on to turn into one of many world’s biggest ever gamers.
Regardless of turning 30 in the summertime, Messi stays invaluable not solely to to Rijkaard however to Barcelona. Having signed a brand new contract – which features a £616m buyout clause – Barcelona have managed to maintain their prized asset for the foreseeable future.
Rijkaard additionally saved reward for one more of his former gamers: “and in addition you must give appreciable reward to Andres Iniesta.”
Like Messi, Iniesta signed a brand new ‘lifetime’ contract with Barcelona again in October, guaranteeing that the Spaniard will end his profession the place it began.
Iniesta too was handed the chance to play common soccer by Riijkard and, just like the Argentinian, he was instrumental throughout Riijkard’s profitable reign as Barcelona supervisor
Rijkaard confirmed that he retains a watch on all his former gamers, including: “I proceed to observe all of the gamers from afar, they’ve had nice careers.”