Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is regarded by a number of players, coaches, and commentators as one of the greatest and most successful young managers in football history, but the Spaniard has had it tough with black players of the clubs he has managed so far in his career. Here are five of the greatest black players Guardiola has kicked out while leading a team in his managerial career:
5. Yaya Toure – Barcelona and Manchester City
The hate Story between Yaya Toure and Pep Guardiola began when the Spaniard was appointed a manager of the Spanish giants to replace Frank Rijkaard in 2008. Guardiola didn’t take too much time to show Toure was not part of his plans by favouring Sergio Busquets in the defensive midfield role.
The four-time African Footballer of the Year then was sold to Manchester City where he put the Citizens back in the history books by helping them to win their first league title in 44 years.
“The manager didn’t care about me until the offer from City came in,” Yaya Toure said.
After Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has sensationally claimed Pep Guardiola does not like picking African footballers, Guardiola and Yaya Toure once again met at Manchester City where they worked together for two seasons, and of course, the episode repeated itself.
Toure left City at the end of the season after eight glorious years. But in his final campaign, his relationship with Guardiola deteriorated and he made only one Premier League start in the champions’ meaningless final home fixture against Brighton.
‘‘Pep did everything to spoil my last season. He was cruel with me,’’ said Toure.
‘‘Do you really think he could’ve been like that with Andres Iniesta? It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour. I am not the first. Other Barcelona players asked the question.
”‘Maybe us Africans aren’t always treated the same by certain people. When you see the problems (Pep) has often had with African players, everywhere he has been, I ask myself questions. He is too intelligent to be caught. He will never admit it. But the day he picks a team with five Africans in it, I promise I will send him a cake.’’
4. Ronaldinho – Barcelona
The charismatic Brazilian won FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, playing a pivotal role for the Catalans in their Champions League winning season.
Upon being appointed, Guardiola revealed that Ronaldinho, Deco, Samuel Eto’o and others were not part of his plans for the coming season. Dinho moved to AC Milan on a three-year contract thought to be worth around £5.1 million (€6.5 million) a year IN 2008.
Pep Guardiola might as well be one of the best managers in the game, but selling Ronaldinho, who is regarded to be one of the best players of his generation, was an unbearable mistake.
3. Dante – Bayern Munich
— The Pep (@GuardiolaTweets) December 2, 2013
Another Black Brazilian who fell out with Pep Guardiola, Dante moved to Allianz Arena for an estimated fee of around €4.7 million, his combination with Jérôme Boateng in the centre of defence was hailed by many people.
“Dante is one of the best defenders I’ve ever played with.” Bayern captain Phillip Lahm
With Dante at the heart of the defence, Bayern Munich broke records for fewest goals conceded and most clean sheets in a Bundesliga season during their treble-winning campaign in 2013.
But the retirement of Jupp Heynckes and arrival of Pep Guardiola have marked the end of Dante’s career at Bayern Munich.
He fell down the pecking order and Guardiola was forced to sign Mehdi Benatia, The Brazilian defender was sold to VfL Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee.
“He[Pep] doesn’t speak to you so as a player you don’t know where you stand,” Dante told German newspaper Bild.
“There are coaches who are world-class from a tactical point of view, but who aren’t good on a human level and this is the case with Guardiola.”