Argentina asking Messi to play less for Barcelona

Argentina asking Messi to play less for Barcelona

With Messi, Argentina's all-time top goalscorer (61), approaching 31 years of age this June, Russia could be his best and last chance to win the World Cup for his country.

Messi has featured in 33 starts out of 39 games this season for the Catalan side, being left out of the match-day squad just three times. "Sergio Aguero is playing outstanding right now and Lionel Messi is always at the top of his game", said the Argentina football President. This is important for us, the executives, and the coaching staff to see the level that he [Messi] is at.

The Argentina Football Association has asked Barcelona to stop playing Messi.

Tapia's comments come at a time when Messi has been in fine form for treble-chasing Barcelona.

Chelsea will travel to Nou Camp on Wednesday March 14 for the second leg of the Champions League clash.


Wishful thinking, Claudio. Barcelona is first in La Liga, in the final of the Copa del Rey and is once again a contender to win the Champions League.

While Tapia obviously wants Messi in the best condition before the 2018 World Cup, Barcelona will field their star player at the business end of the season.

"I hope all the players maintain their form going into the World Cup. I think he is strong at the moment and we thought it was important for him to help us early on this season", Valverde had said ahead of Barcelona's league clash against Atletico in October past year.

"We will look at it as the season goes on, but for now it is a good idea for us that he keeps playing".

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