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Messi: Why I Won't Play Against Nigeria

Lionel Messi: Why I Won't Play Against Nigeria

By Kurt Buckerfield - Nov 13, 2017 10:27 AM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has explained why he will not be playing against Nigeria on Tuesday evening.

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The 30-year-old played in his national team's 1-0 win over Russia on Saturday afternoon, but will miss their next friendly against Nigeria because Jorge Sampaoli wants to rest him.

"I have the desire to play against Nigeria but (coach Jorge) Sampaoli decided to regulate (my game) a little and I won't play in the game against Nigeria," he told Sport.

Messi was also stated he was happy with the Albiceleste's result against Russia, but insisted that the team needs to keep improving.

"It's good to win to keep correcting and improving things. We have to strengthen the system of play that Sampaoli wants and take advantage of the time we have together," he added.

"The reality is that we have little time with the national team and we have to take advantage of it to the fullest of the time we do spend together, and to put into practice what the coach wants."

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Messi has missed just one match so far for Barca this season, the Catalan club's 3-0 win over Real Murcia in the Copa del Rey. 

Do you think the Nigeria national team will be happy to see Messi miss the game? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Nov 16, 2017 12:59 AM
LM10 the best ever in the world
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emilem442 Nov 15, 2017 12:47 AM
you and your coach underestimated nigeria ,you got slapped!!
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Sucker Punch The Legend Nov 14, 2017 03:37 PM
@Matayitayi true that
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Matayitayi Nov 14, 2017 08:34 AM
Messi get rested we need laliga and champs lig at Camp Nou .
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fanist Nov 14, 2017 07:33 AM
Trying to justify the undermining of our beloved African countries,so wish they will be beaten by 3-0
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Emmanuel Moyana Nov 14, 2017 06:29 AM
Good decision by the coach. Getting an injury against Nigeria wouldn't be good idea, would it?
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murendeni joe Nov 13, 2017 07:29 PM
They R taking this game for granted
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Pholish Moyana Nov 13, 2017 05:49 PM
Nigeria at friendly game, that was a gud choice from coach, nigeria will break this boy's leg yoooh, if it was Fifa game not friendly, who cares just rest boy
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tsikaldinho Nov 13, 2017 05:37 PM
Gud coach, this is a sign of nt depending on a cow lyk Masessi
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Anti_komphela Nov 13, 2017 04:52 PM
This is boring
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Emildo12 Nov 13, 2017 04:30 PM
Guy's stop offending others and remember Argentina is not a one man is a team
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Realydoctor10 Nov 13, 2017 03:15 PM
Well Messi you already finished your job your coach try to see that this team can survived without you or not
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Golden Boots Nov 13, 2017 02:53 PM
Well you've done enough for those cows!
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JOMMAK Nov 13, 2017 12:32 PM
FC Barcelona is more important than those rubbish Argentineans who don't appreciate he must rest for the Laliga and UCL games coming up.
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@swazipeterd Nov 13, 2017 12:20 PM
its done with proffesionals ayi lakhaya...they come with musks...and score own goals
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Myaka weliPhefeni Nov 13, 2017 12:18 PM
I smell a mind game here bcz they knw Nigeria they wll plan around messi lool
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Faysal Nov 13, 2017 12:09 PM
Rest player
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mathemagician Nov 13, 2017 11:23 AM
messi agrees to be rested but serero says no, how odd.

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