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Was Messi Rested Because Of Sundowns Match?

Was Lionel Messi Rested Because Of Mamelodi Sundowns Match?

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 14, 2018 09:31 AM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona's unbeaten LaLiga run came to an abrupt end when Levante beat them 5-4 on Sunday night, a match superstar Lionel Messi did not feature in. Was the Argentine rested for the Catalan club's clash against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday?

Click through the gallery above to see images from Barca's shock loss to Levante on Sunday!

The Blaugrana will play Mamelodi Sundowns in a friendly in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup in Johannesburg on Wednesday – a match superstar Lionel Messi appears to have been rested for.

It is believed that Barca will bring a full-strength team to South Africa for the game, including the likes of Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Andres Iniesta.

Messi, who has played a lot of football this season, was given the day off on Sunday for the Spanish giants' fixture against Levante, perhaps with the Sundowns clash in mind.

With the game being an obligation, even for superstars such as Messi, perhaps manager Ernesto Valverde thought allowing the Argentine a rest would be a good idea given that Barca will play their last league game of the season four days after their match in Mzansi.

The boss defended his decision to rest the 30-year-old after their loss to Levante, and stated that losing their winning streak is painful.

"We've played games without Messi before and come through them," he said, according to ESPN.

"We're all annoyed to lose. It's come in the 37th game, so it hurts to lose (the unbeaten season) now, but it could have come in the first, third or 14th game."

Valverde recently hinted that he will play two teams against Downs on Wednesday, suggesting that Messi might play at least 45 minutes in the fixture.

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The Argentine has played 53 games this season, scoring 45 goals and assisting a further 18 strikes.

Do you think Valverde will regret resting the team's best player ahead of Barca's friendly against Downs? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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the-champion May 14, 2018 04:47 PM
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MTM May 14, 2018 01:42 PM
Take it or leave it, otherwise you are hurting yourself those are still in denial. Fact is a fact, Sundowns is playing Barca on Wednesday 16th May 2018. that's the end of story.
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nazzi the second May 14, 2018 12:48 PM
LMAO oh please
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Mashia1950 May 14, 2018 12:30 PM
Messi is being paid already o come play at least 45min, so he was being rested to avoid injuries for Sundowns game or else the whole game will be cancelled. So yes Sundowns game is more important than Lavante game.
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Tycoon May 14, 2018 11:45 AM
Looool this sound as a joke. Messi can't be rested for S.A team, for what! LoL Mybe it a cup final :D
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LAPO_MOLEBATSI May 14, 2018 11:28 AM
@Kurt Buckerfield, my man are you sure you follow football or you just trying to be funny?
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Carder305 May 14, 2018 11:02 AM
Really now?
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dellah May 14, 2018 10:45 AM
@pirates_999 when u say u have important cup games, the Nedbank Cup is rats participatingin the final ?
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dellah May 14, 2018 10:42 AM
What is Sundowns ? Sundowns is de psl champions.. @pirates_999 u r answered now
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Gustin Sirino May 14, 2018 10:37 AM
We heard last week Messi would not come, B team nywenywe and now don't flatter..... its real Messi is coming believe the Hype!!
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Pirates_999 May 14, 2018 10:34 AM
What is Sundowns? Messi was rested because he needed the rest not because of stupid friendly. We have 2 important games before the WC, Nedbank Cup and EUFA Champions League.
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JAWS OF LIFE May 14, 2018 10:16 AM
They allready w0n the league,s0 players can be rested n0w.
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KK-kELLS May 14, 2018 10:13 AM
don't flatter yourself editor... u know why Messi was rested... world cup is around the corner... n besides that ,Barca already won the league
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dellah May 14, 2018 10:00 AM
The answer is yes
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RayzaKhosistency May 14, 2018 09:38 AM
Don't flatter yourself,Messi has important games to play,like the World Cup so.

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