Soccer-Messi influenced my Barcelona appointment, says Martino (Reuters)

ROSARIO, Argentina, July 23 (Reuters) – Gerardo Martino believes a recommendation from fellow Argentine Lionel Messi was behind his surprise appointment as Barcelona coach on Monday. “The details of how the situation developed I don’t know (but) I have no doubt Jorge (Messi’s father) and Lionel had some influence,” Martino, the former Paraguay coach, told a news conference in Rosario. “I’m sure they were asked their opinion and we’ve come to this outcome,” added the 50-year-old, who comes from Rosario like the Messis. …

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