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Barca Boss: Why Messi Was Subbed At HT

One day after being crowned The Best FIFA Men's Player, Lionel Messi returned to FC Barcelona's starting XI, but was was substituted at half-time, and his coach later explained why.

Read: Messi Named World's Best In 2019, CR7 Snubs Awards

The 32-year-old missed the Catalan giants' first four games of the 2019/20 campaign due to a foot injury, but has since come off the bench twice before returning the Blaugrana's starting XI against Villarreal on Tuesday night.

However, he was taken off at the break by manager Ernesto Valverde after picking up another knock in the 2-1 win.

"When something happens to Messi, the world stops," the coach said, as quoted by Marca.

"But it doesn't seem to be anything more than a nuisance in the adductor.

"We took him off as a precaution."

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Barcelona celebrated their third win in three games at home with their victory over Villarreal, but have been struggling on the road this season.

"The first thing is, as always, to win," Valverde added.

"I think we're playing well at home. Today was tough.

"We had a moment in the first half wherein we weren't good.

"But we're good at home. We have to see if we can add to it away from home, too."

Read: Messi Named African Star As World's Best & CR7 2nd, Ronaldo Snubbed Messi

On Monday, Messi travelled to the FIFA awards in Milan, Italy where he was crowned the 2019 FIFA The Best Men's Player, collecting the award for a record-breaking sixth time.

Why do you think Messi has struggled with injuries this season? Have your say in the comments section below.



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