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Messi plays football around with his dog ahead of the new season

Messi plays football around with his dog ahead of the new season

- A recent video shows Lionel Messi playing football with his dog

- The Barcelona star player was given an extended World Cup break

- Enersto Valverde's side beat Tottenham in their pre-season game

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has been preparing for the new La Liga season by enjoying a kick-about with his huge pet dog in his garden.

The Argentine's talisman was granted an extended break from Barcelona by coach Ernesto Valverde following his participation at the World Cup.

Messi was seen sharpening his skills with his hulking Dogue de Bordeaux while his teammates are on a tour of the United States.

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Messi' wife Antonella Roccuzzo uploaded the video on her Instagram account of him casually flicking the ball over their pet dog Hulk.

The two-year-old Hulk proved to be out of his depth when attempting to dispossess Messi just like some of the world's most gifted defenders.

Messi's children were at the background laughing as their dad left their beloved pet out of breath and completely dazzled.

The five-time Ballon d'or winner and his partner recently attended former team-mate Cesc Fabregas' wedding bash in Ibiza alongside Thierry Henry, John Terry and Luis Suarez.

He is currently resting from his heartbreak after Argentina crashed out of the last-16 in Russia to France.

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And Valverde will be hoping Messi bounces back ahead of the season opener against Alaves at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona defeated Tottenham on penalties in the International Champions Cup on Sunday. and will come up against AC Milan on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele hinted he could join Arsenal.

The wantaway Barca attacker replied Alex Iwobi's Instagram video of Alexandre Lacazette in action, "singing": "Oh oh oh oh laca".

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