Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 7/25/13
Lionel Messi insists he had nothing to do with the appointment of Gerardo Martino as Barcelona coach. Martino said in a press conference on Tuesday night that he was sure fellow Argentinian Messi and his father Jorge had put in a good word for him with the Barcelona hierarchy before the Catalan giants offered him the job. Both Messi and Martino are from Rosario, and Messi has in the past spoken in glowing terms of his compatriot. However, the four-time Ballon d'Or winner has said he had no influence in Barca's decision. "I had nothing to do with Martino's signing nor do I have to give any explanations. It was down to president (Sandro) Rosell and the club. I said before that he seemed a good coach, but I don't have to explain anything," he was quoted as saying by AS following Barca's friendly defeat to Bayern Munich. "I don't know him personally, I've never met him. Not him nor Luis Enrique, the other one they've been talking about. "I think he's a good signing, he showed at N...
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