Carles Rexach, a Spanish football legend, spent 16 years thrilling fans as a winger for Barcelona and even donned the Spanish national team jersey 15 times, scoring two goals. After hanging up his boots, he transitioned into coaching, starting as the youth coach of Catalonia and later becoming the assistant manager of Barcelona Team B.

Rexach’s coaching journey took him to the Barcelona youth team and eventually the senior team as an assistant coach. In 2001, he took the reins as manager of Barcelona, but his tenure was brief, lasting only a year.

However, Rexach’s most notable achievement came when he discovered a 13-year-old Lionel Messi in Argentina. He was told about a young prodigy playing for Newell’s Old Boys and was astonished by the player’s age. After witnessing Messi’s incredible skills, Rexach was convinced of his potential and brought him to Barcelona, changing the course of football history.

Rexach’s legacy extends beyond his playing and coaching career, as he played a pivotal role in nurturing Messi’s talent and setting him on the path to greatness. Today, Rexach’s name is synonymous with the discovery of one of the greatest footballers of all time….S££ MOR£

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