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Messi Should Understand That He Is Not Bigger Than Football [OPINION]

After being benched for a LaLiga game against Real Sociedad in January 2015, Messi's most famous spat with a coach was with Luis Enrique. What appeared to be a sensible coaching move turned into a near-mutiny by Messi, putting Luis Enrique's position in jeopardy, prompting the president to call elections, and seeing sports director Andoni Zubizarreta fired.

Messi caused a huge storm at Barcelona after not starting against Real Sociedad in 2015

Enrique opted not to start Messi or Neymar in the first game back away at Sociedad, who were coached by David Moyes, because Messi had just recently returned from a Christmas holiday in Argentina. Sociedad grabbed an early lead thanks to an own goal from Jordi Alba, and Luis Enrique brought on Messi and Neymar after the interval, but Moyes' team hung on for a historic triumph that damaged Bara's championship hopes while also causing an earthquake in Catalonia. The following day, Messi was absent from a rare open training session, as well as the team's annual visit to children's hospitals.

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Barca tried to explain his absence on a stomach virus, but no one believed them, especially when Xavi Hernandez stated days earlier that 'gastroenteritis in the world of football sounds like an excuse, when something else is going on' in an ill-timed interview. In the following game against Elche, supporters booed Enrique, a club legend, and rumors surfaced in the Spanish media that Messi had persuaded president Josep Maria Bartomeu to dismiss the coach and threatened to leave if he did not.

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It required an intervention from Xavi to mend the schism between Messi and Luis Enrique, and things started to look good when Barca upset champions Atletico Madrid 3-1 the following week, then went on to win a remarkable treble in which Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez all played key roles. Enrique subsequently stated that he and Messi had a "period of difficulty," but that he can now "only speak nice things" about the Argentine. However, the normally brash coach had discovered the hard way that he couldn't look to force his authority on the young prodigy. This is exactly what Messi now wants to do at PSG.

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