Barcelona Rule Lionel Messi Ruled Out of Eibar Clash


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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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