Barcelona Rule Lionel Messi Ruled Out of Eibar Clash


Barcelona confirmed on Friday that captain Lionel Messi will miss the team’s final La Liga game of the season on Saturday against already-relegated Eibar at Ipurua.

The Catalan giants announced via a statement on the club’s official website that the 33-year-old has been given permission to take a short break ahead of a busy summer at the Copa America with Argentina.

“Leo Messi has not trained this Friday with the permission of the coach and will not be in the call-up for the match against Eibar this Saturday. In this way, the Argentine star can face a short break before the Copa America, after a season in which he has been one of the players with more minutes in the squad.”

Messi is not the only player to have been granted a vacation after a hectic schedule in 2020-21. Teenage midfielder Pedri will also miss Saturday’s game to take an early break after making 52 appearances for the club in his debut campaign.

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