Lionel Messi's workload in focus again: Will Barcelona consider this Argentina request?

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The five-time Ballon d'Or victor has started in 33 of the team's total 39 games this season and Tapas revealed that he has spoken with Messi about playing less as the World Cup draws closer.

"I hope all the players maintain their form going into the World Cup".

The coach did leave Messi out of the starting line-up for the first time in the league against Espanyol on February 4 but threw the Argentine on as a substitute to help salvage a 1-1 draw.

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi has been unlucky three times after losing three back to back finals.

According to Tapia, the lesser Messi plays, there are lesser chances that he will injure himself and can fully commit to Argentina in the World Cup.

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"Sergio Aguero's in rude health and Lionel Messi is always good".

"For Messi, we had a good discussion with the hierarchy at Barcelona and the coaching staff. We have spoken to Messi about taking care of himself and about playing less for Barcelona".

With Barcelona up in the La Liga table and clear 17 points above Real Madrid, President Claudio Tapia has asked the Catalans to rest Messi towards the end of the season though, Barcelona are also depending on Messi to score goals and win matches for them.

Messi, 30, is arguably one of the greatest footballers of all time, having won five Ballon D'Ors along with numerous collective honors, including eight La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies. Messi has started the season in fine form with 29 goals in 36 appearances across competitions. "But it's a World Cup and it's seven finals, and we have to go step by step". "If we manage to seal it, it would be something important".


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