Ernesto Valverde explains why Lionel Messi was benched against Juventus

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed that it was an easy decision to bench Lionel Messi during his side's 1-1 draw versus Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Argentina international surprisingly started from the bench in the stalemate and Valverde later confirmed that he wanted to rest the forward after a prolonged run of games.

Messi’s future a huge talking point

Taking into consideration the fact that Lionel Messi is one of the most talented and highly-rated players in the history of football, anything that the Argentine superstar does will probably be talked about or find its way in the headlines of football websites.

The latest point of discussion involving Lionel Messi is involving his future as there are rumors being spread claiming that he has not extended it any further than what it’s currently stated which extends until June of 2018 and that he is ready to make his way out of Camp Nou by the near future.

Lionel Messi Once Again Stars in Barcelona Victory

Lionel Messi was able to inspire Barcelona to yet another victory, as the club were able to get a comfortable 3-0 win over Las Palmas at the Camp Nou.

The Argentine had a couple of mediocre campaigns in recent years, but he now seems to be back to his terrific best at the start of the 2017-18 season. Messi has now scored 11 goals in his seven league appearances this season, and this is the best ever start that he has made to the domestic campaign. In fact, this is even better than his tally of 10 goals in the first seven matches of the 2011-12 campaign. If Messi continues on this way, he could very well end up challenging the 100 goal mark over the calendar year.

Ernesto Valverde Dismisses Transfer Rumours Surrounding Lionel Messi

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has dismissed transfer rumours hinting at an immediate exit for Lionel Messi from the Camp Nou.

The Catalan outfit are yet to recover from the loss of Neymar, who has decided to make a world record € 222 million transfer from the Spanish club to Paris St Germain. Barcelona have been trying to replace the Brazilian but have been failing in their attempts to get most of their targets. Now, fresh transfer rumours about Lionel Messi are causing concerns for Barcelona. Manchester City are reportedly considering a €300 million offer for the 30-year-old using the same technique as PSG.

Bartomeu is certain that Lionel Messi will retire in Barcelona

As each season reaches it´s end and a new one comes along, new rumors start to emerge that link a specific top player to a club, this is especially true when it involved either C.Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

At this point in time, its widely considered that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the best footballers in the world and they have been dominating the sport for the past decade.

Just take a look at the previous 8 incarnations of the Ballon d´Or, it has just been dominated by the Portuguese and the Argentine superstars. Ricardo Kaka was the last to have won this individual award and this was back in 2007, this was over 9 years ago.


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