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Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde compared “leader” Lionel Messi to billionaire NBA legend Michael Jordan, stating that Messi’s salary has earned him billions.


Lionel Messi is accustomed to receiving praise for his exceptional talent. But it is especially meaningful when someone who was once his coach acknowledges his exceptional skills. Most recently, his former coach, Ernesto Valverde, commended the Argentine superstar for embodying all the qualities a coach looks for in a player. Interestingly, Valverde even drew parallels between Messi and NBA icon Michael Jordan.

Messi has a vast following across the globe who are constantly in awe of his extraordinary abilities. To their astonishment, Valverde had some intriguing insights on the seven-time Ballon d’Or recipient. Additionally, the ex-Barcelona coach addressed the difficulty of coaching a revered player like Messi.

Lionel Messi and Michael Jordan, a comparison between a soccer great and a basketball legend.

Recently, Ernesto Valverde was questioned about his time collaborating with Messi, widely known as one of the greatest soccer players ever. Valverde expressed that it was not difficult at all to work with the talented Argentine.When asked about training Messi, the former Barca boss said to Relevo, “

“I’m not sure about Messi. Have you watched him play? I don’t think there’s anything I can tell you that you don’t already know!”

Additionally, the present coach of Athletic Club stated that it is beneficial to have prior knowledge of the individuals you will be collaborating with when starting at a new club.

“It is important to consider the individual players on a team. Messi is a reliable player who always gives his all.”

Lionel Messi

On Thursday, August 17, 2023, at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, Inter Miami CF’s Lionel Messi gave a press conference. The event was copyrighted by xCarlinexJeanx.

Later Valverde went on to compare Messi with NBA legend Michael Jordan. He added, “

For instance, Michael Jordan. Ultimately, these are athletes who possess the ability to take on a leadership role, setting them apart from others.

The 59-year-old stated that ‘La Pulga’ was an integral part of the team and had a self-driven attitude, similar to Jordan during his time with the Chicago Bulls. He firmly believes that Messi possesses all the characteristics of a great leader and is a legendary player. Both Jordan and Messi are extraordinary athletes who have reached incredible levels of success.

The two most successful athletes of all time

Lionel Messi and Michael Jordan are without a doubt two of the most accomplished athletes in history. Messi’s extraordinary abilities have resulted in billions of dollars in salary earnings. At the age of 36, when he joined Inter-Miami, he inked America’s most lucrative contract, guaranteeing him a staggering $54 million per year.

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Meanwhile, at the age of forty, Michael Jordan, a renowned NBA player, retired from the game. He amassed great wealth from his basketball career and currently has a net worth of $3.5 billion. Despite his retirement two decades ago, he is still recognized as one of the most exceptional basketball players in history. Interestingly, when asked about the greatest athlete of all time, Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min also mentioned Lionel Messi and Jordan. Undoubtedly, both Messi and Jordan are top-tier athletes who have demonstrated their unmatched skills in their respective sports.

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Former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde compared “leader” Lionel Messi, who has earned billions in salary, to billionaire NBA legend Michael Jordan.