Pep Guardiola has all but ruled out the possibility of returning to Barcelona someday by saying he has done his time at the Nou Camp.
Guardiola won an incredible 14 titles during a four-year spell as Barcelona head coach including three La Ligas, two Champions Leagues and two Copa del Reys.
But the Spaniard admits he would not be able to live up to his own legacy because he couldn't recreate the unique circumstances that opened the door to their domination.
“As a coach (of Barcelona), it's over. I am not the same, nor do they even look at me in the same way,” he said on Spain's TV3.
“I was at a fantastic age in which I was taking on the world. We took it on with some incredible players, a young president (Joan Laporta), Txiki (Begiristain)... it was a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world (Lionel Messi). The stars aligned.”
Many of the figures behind Barcelona's success under Guardiola have since moved on, with Begiristain joining him at Manchester City and Laporta moving along for Sandro Rosell in 2012.
But one enduring figure at the Nou Camp has been Messi, who has remained at the club for the whole of his professional career and continues to perform at an exceptionally high level.
As one of the managers lucky enough to have worked with Messi, Guardiola knows the five-time Ballon d'Or winner better than most and revealed his lasting memory is how introverted the forward was off of the pitch.
Guardiola continued: “Messi is unique. He won't complain off the pitch, but when he doesn't like something on it, he says. Off the pitch he's so quiet.”