The players Pep puts Phil Foden above: Messi and 160 others…

Date published: Saturday 27th July 2019 1:52

“He has everything to become one of the best players,” said Pep Guardiola of Phil Foden. He went further…

“I have said many times in press conferences, but maybe not said it in front of him, Phil is the most, most, most talented player I have ever seen in my career as a manager.”

Woah. That is high praise indeed coming from the former manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Aidy Boothroyd doesn’t think Foden is ready for senior international football but, whatever…

If Pep is being genuine, then he ranks the City youngster higher than Lionel Messi and all of these other players he has used during his senior management career, listed in order of appearances made under the Spaniard…

 

Barcelona – 58 players
Lionel Messi, Víctor Valdés, Dani Alves, Xavi, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Éric Abidal, Seydou Keita, Pedro, Javier Mascherano, Maxwell, Yaya Touré, David Villa, Thierry Henry, Bojan Krkic, Adriano, Rafael Márquez, Thiago, Samuel Eto’o, José Manuel Pinto, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cesc Fàbregas, Alexis Sánchez, Gabriel Milito, Sylvinho, Isaac Cuenca, Aleksandr Hleb, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Martín Cáceres, Ibrahim Afellay, Dmytro Chyhrynskyi, Andreu Fontàs, Jeffren, Jonathan dos Santos, Cristian Tello, Martín Montoya, Víctor Sánchez, Marc Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Nolito, Xavi Torres, Víctor Vázquez, Marc Muniesa, Rubén Miño, Oriol Romeu, Albert Jorquera, Oier Olazábal, Sergi Gómez, Rafinha, Gai Assulin, Gerard Deulofeu, Alberto Botía, Abraham González, Martí Riverola, Jonathan Soriano, Kiko Femenía.

Bayern Munich – 54 players
Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, David Alaba, Philipp Lahm, Jérome Boateng, Rafinha, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Götze, Arjen Robben, Dante, Xabi Alonso, Juan Bernat, Franck Ribéry, Thiago, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martínez, Toni Kroos, Douglas Costa, Arturo Vidal, Mario Mandzukic, Medhi Benatia, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, Sebastian Rode, Xherdan Shaqiri, Holger Badstuber, Daniel Van Buyten, Claudio Pizarro, Mitchell Weiser, Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, Diego Contento, Gianluca Gaudino, Sven Ulreich, Tom Starke, Lukas Raeder, Pepe Reina, Serdar Tasci, Jan Kirchhoff, Rico Strieder, Julian Green, Ylli Sallahi, Sinan Kurt, Lukas Görtler, Milos Pantovic, Ivan Lucic, Phillipp Steinhart, Alessandro Schöpf, Lucas Scholl, Patrick Weihrauch, Fabian Benko, Luiz Gustavo, Raif Husic, Benno Schmitz, Leopold Zingerle.

Manchester City – 54 players and Foden
Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho, David Silva, Nicolás Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Agüero, Ederson, Leroy Sané, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gündogan, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Aymeric Laporte, Vincent Kompany, Fabian Delph, Claudio Bravo, Danilo, Aleksandar Kolarov, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Yaya Touré, Gaël Clichy, Riyad Mahrez, Willy Caballero, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Jesús Navas, Benjamin Mendy, Nolito, Fernando, Eliaquim Mangala, Kelechi Iheanacho, Arijanet Murić, Tosin Adarabioyo, Brahim Díaz, Aleix García, Eric García, Pablo Maffeo, Philippe Sandler, Lukas Nmecha, Joe Hart, Ian Poveda, Angeliño, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Felix Nmecha, Samir Nasri, Adrián Bernabé, Claudio Gomes, Cameron Humphreys, Taylor Richards, Daniel Grimshaw, Angus Gunn, Demeaco Duhaney, Luke Bolton.

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