- Lionel Messi’s team mates revealed the Argentine is heavily guarded during training sessions
- Players are actually banned from heavily tackling the Argentine
- The 32-year old is the club’s top scorer this season in the absence of Luis Suarez
Lionel Messi is arguably the most valuable player to ever wear a Barcelona shirt and the club’s hierarchy recognizes that very well.
Not only is the 32-year old the club’s all time goal scorer, but his mystical performances have also placed Barcelona right up there with arch rivals Real Madrid when it comes to the debate on which is the bigger club.
As it turns out, Messi is so valuable to the side that during training, players are forbidden to tackle the Argentine too hard.
This is according to Messi’s former team mate Jean-Clair Todibo who is currently on loan at German side Schalke.
Todibo described the experience of training with the six-time Ballon D Or winner where he revealed the extent of caution the club takes to keep Messi fit.
"Messi was defended very carefully in training. I learned a lot from him and I even tackled him a few times, but I was careful not to hurt him." Todibo told German publication Bild.
Quite predictably, Messi is Barcelona’s top scorer for the 2019/2020 season , despite missing a handful of games at the start of the campaign through injury.
With the absence of striker Luis Suarez, Barcelona are practically relying on the Argentine for most of the team’s goals.
Despite, being well past his prime, Barcelona coach Quique Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde earlier in the season, says it is impossible to rest him because of what he gives on the pitch.
''No one can escape who Leo Messi is. With all the players, when I want something, I will try to convince them that it is the best for them. I try to convince, rather than impose. They usually end up listening to me." Setien told Marca.
With the La Liga return only days away, Messi is battling for full fitness and took on solo training sessions for most of the week for fears of aggrevating a thigh injury.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi is now on the verge of recording his name in another history books as far as football is concerned this season in the Spanish La Liga.
This comes after Barcelona announced that their captain stands a chance to become the only player to top the Spanish La Liga goal-scoring charts the most times.
Lionel Messi could also set a new world record for goals with a single club this season in the Spanish La Liga.
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