Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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Pep Guardiola's decision to step down as FC Barcelona boss caught much of the soccer world off guard. Few were as surprised as Lionel Messi, who was too emotional to attend the news conference announcing his coach's departure, according to FIFA.com. "I was surprised and saddened by Guardiola's departure after four great years together with many titles," FIFA.com reports Messi told AS. Messi and Guardiola were instrumental in each other's success. The Argentine forward was a budding star when Guardiola replaced Frank Rijkaard as Barcelona boss in 2008. Messi's name is now included among the game's all-time greats. His former...
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