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50 best managers of all time named As Guardiola only 5th, Mourinho out of top 10



Renowned football magazine FourFourTwo published their list of the best managers in the history of the game earlier this month.

Unsurprisingly, legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ranked at no.1. Dutch specialist Rinus Michels, responsible for creating the concept of ‘total football’ with Ajax in the 1950s, comes in second.

Johan Cruyff, another iconic Dutchman who managed Ajax as well as Barcelona, completes the top 3. Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, the best active manager in modern football, is 5th while Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho finishes in 12th place.

50 best football managers of all time, as per FourFourTwo:

1. Sir Alex Ferguson

2. Rinus Michels

3. Johan Cruyff

4. Bill Shankly

5. Pep Guardiola

6. Arrigo Sacchi

7. Matt Busby

8. Helenio Herrera

9. Ernst Happel

10. Valeriy Lobanovskyi

11. Brian Clough

12. Jose Mourinho

13. Marcello Lippi

14. Giovanni Trapattoni

15. Vicente del Bosque

16. Miguel Munoz

17. Ottmar Hitzfeld

18. Carlo Ancelotti

19. Nereo Rocco

20. Louis van Gaal

21. Bela Guttmann

22. Bob Paisley

23. Arsene Wenger

24. Fabio Capello

25. Herbert Chapman

26. Alf Ramsey

27. Mario Zagallo

28. Jose Villalonga

29. Jurgen Klopp

30. Jock Stein

31. Helmut Schon

32. Jupp Heynckes

33. Sir Kenny Dalglish

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34. Viktor Maslov

35. Bill Nicholson

36. Zinedine Zidane

37. Guus Hiddink

38. Udo Lattek

39. Luiz Felipe Scolari

40. Jill Ellis

41. Rafa Benitez

42. Albert Batteux

43. Diego Simeone

44. Tele Santana

45. Bill Struth

46. Bobby Robson

47. Otto Rehhagel

48. Luis Aragones

49. Aime Jacquet

50. George Graham

‘No, thanks, I’m fine’. La Masia star explains why he refused to take a picture with Lionel Messi
RB Leipzig playmaker Dani Olmo had a chance to take a picture with Leo Messi when he and the legendary Argentine crossed paths at a training ground.

But Olmo did not want to do it because he was playing football and did not want to be interrupted, even by the Barca legend.

“One time, before I even joined La Masia, I accompanied my father while he was managing a game at Castelldefels. I was eight years old,” Olmo wrote for The Player’s Tribune.

“I was playing happily by myself with a ball, when someone came over and told me, ‘Hey, Dani, come here! You’re not going to believe this. You’re going to have your picture taken with Lionel Messi!’

“Apparently, Messi had a friend playing in the Castelldefels game and had come down to see him.

“Wow, Messi, right? In Castelldefels? What kid wouldn’t want their picture with him?

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“Well, me!

“I was like, ‘No, thanks. I’m good. I want to keep playing! It’s just a picture, right?’

“But, against my will, they stuck me next to Messi and took the picture. I didn’t even say anything to him. I just waited for the click and then I went back to my ball, like I was doing him a favour.”

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