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Barca Boss: Why Messi Played Just 20 Minutes Against Downs

FC Barcelona Boss: Why Lionel Messi Played Just 20 Minutes Against Mamelodi Downs

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 17, 2018 08:35 AM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi came on against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday evening with just 20 minutes to go, and the Catalan club's manager has now explained why the Argentine made such a short cameo in the match.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see Messi in action against Downs!

The Spanish giants beat the Brazilians 3-1 at FNB Stadium on Wednesday, thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes.

Messi, who did not warm up with Barca before the game, was introduced with just 20 minutes to go, a substitution that had the Mzansi crowd cheering at the top of their lungs.

Manager Ernesto Valverde has since suggested that the Argentine, like a few others in the team, had been struggling with flu ahead of the clash, which is why he was brought on so late.

"We've all had a bit of a flu, it's a very small problem, but we thought that it was important for him to participate at the end of the game," he said at a press conference after the clash.

Gallery: Messi, Iniesta & Dembele Light Up FNB Stadium

Messi entertained the crowd with a few fantastic touches after his introduction, and was even reportedly mobbed by a pitch invader after the final whistle.

What was your favourite moment of the game? Let us know in the comments section below.  


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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal May 18, 2018 10:15 AM
It good seeing him
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E May 17, 2018 05:45 PM
Actualy everyone wanted to watch messi, not that few minutes we have watched him play
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Anti_komphela May 17, 2018 04:13 PM
South Africans really love Messiah. Every social media is the name MESSI
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DopeZN May 17, 2018 04:06 PM
@Daddy1 i doubt Motsepe is a promoter and we all know he's monied, tell us something we don't know. Back to my statement: promoters couldn't pay him for 90minutes
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Soni_JX May 17, 2018 03:03 PM
@barca....elaborate I am listening!! You claim a lot, but make no sense. What are you yapping about??
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barca-baccaneers May 17, 2018 02:23 PM
@Soni_JX you a jealousy,hateful and bitter person wena ne yes Motsepe organised this unnecessary friendly but you dont have to call people names here your team lost big things but it not end of competitive football thre is future in football you will forget about this trust me you are beaching like bitter woman who lost something for nothing
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Thobz10 May 17, 2018 01:56 PM
Playing out from the back is not easy, Barcelona made it look easy yesterday, Rakitic yi bosso. Sundowns also tried playing out from the back and were punished for it.
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Mashia1950 May 17, 2018 01:35 PM
@Gustin Sirino yah and the shibobo how can I forget that.
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scoreman99 May 17, 2018 12:04 PM
Bcos Dunu was a walk in park no need to risk messi 90 min with cows like Langerman, souma-horror and madisha
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Gustin Sirino May 17, 2018 11:50 AM
@Mashia1950 Percy Shibobo & Kekana volley
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Matayitayi May 17, 2018 11:39 AM
Motsepe and charity won and I don't like Kaiser chiefs but Kaiser motaung as a person derseves the accolade from Patrice Motsepe. He is an icon .
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Thobz10 May 17, 2018 11:28 AM
Funny how some kaizer chiefs and orlando pirares are hurting over this game. Anyway Pitso and co. tried to score the needed goals but really a few schoolboy errors cost them the game...as its always the case between us and european clubs, they punish you when you make errors. The stadium was full and the atmosphere was undeniably spectacular but some jealous twarts are crying here spewing bile...
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Mashia1950 May 17, 2018 11:23 AM
@Madredz he came in in the 74th minute, with the 4 additional minutes that adds to 20, unless you did lit at School.
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Mashia1950 May 17, 2018 11:15 AM
Villa's goal obviously, that was my moment.
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munondidii May 17, 2018 11:03 AM
The story is simple . Barca didn't want to risk messi injury with the world cup around the corner. The coach had strict instructions from Argentine FA . imagine a world cup without Messi . Do u remember what Maradona said after playing Cameroon at Italia 90. He said I will not play again with these animals after being rough played by the indomitable lions players . even myself I wouldn't risk a player of messi's calibre just to please few fans who paid to watch a friendly game .
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Soni_JX May 17, 2018 10:00 AM
Even if it was 2 minutes what difference was it going to make? sunmoney was nothing but a bunch of school kids being played what we used to call NKUKHU. Even siss-messi was just fulfilling his appearance act. Hence the very same trophie dedication (to rothschild puppet-mandela) was fitting well. This was all a staged act just to entertain real soccer starved SAns.....as motsepe's money destroyed that spark long time ago. Even if they won the lig.....it is still boring everyone to the core.....they need to stage some play at FNB. Money is not everything......football is about hard work.
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Madredz May 17, 2018 09:40 AM
So the whole team had flu but only Messi can only play for 13 minutes. I dont believe this story. I guess Messi demanded huge appearance fee since it was a friendly game. If it was flu, like you are saying the game should have been cancelled.
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the fat one.,pizza May 17, 2018 09:38 AM
Tau defended very well yesterday akere
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Daddy1 May 17, 2018 09:37 AM
I read Bobby fainted when he hear the salary of the top coach he wanted to join zebras
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Daddy1 May 17, 2018 09:36 AM
I read Bobby fainted when he hear the salary of the top coach he wanted to join zebras

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