Lionel Messi: Juventus boss Pirlo suggests Argentine probably has a psychological problem

Lionel Messi: Juventus boss Pirlo suggests Argentine probably has a psychological problem

- Lionel Messi might be going through psychological issues

- Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo makes the suggestion ahead of their Champions League clash with Barcelona

- Messi has scored seven goals in all competitions for the Catalans this campaign

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Lionel Messi appears to have hit his lowest form for Barcelona all through his career at the Nou Camp.

The 33-year-old has managed just seven goals in 13 appearances across all competitions so far this campaign and Juventus' boss, Andrea Pirlo believes his problems could be psychological.

He added that the Argentine's problems go beyond the on-field issues as he gets his side ready for their final Champions League group fixture with the Catalans this week.

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Both teams will be fighting to stay atop their group log at the end of their meeting on Tuesday, December 8, despite their already sealed passage to the next stage. Goal reports that Pirlo is quoted by Marca saying in a press conference on Monday:

Lionel Messi: Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo suggests Argentine probably has a psychological problem
Lionel Messi and Andrea Pirlo battling for the ball during their Champions League final game in Turin in 2015. Photo by Stefan Matzke/Sampics/Corbis
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"[Messi] is at a special moment in his life, not in his career, because he had a problem this summer. [It's about] whether he would stay in Barcelona or not.
"But during games, he has always shown his value. More than a football [issue], he probably has a psychological problem, but I don't want to go into it, as it has nothing to do with us. Messi is a phenomenon and he has shown it."

Despite already making it to the next round, both clubs have three points and their pride to fight for on the pitch when they file out later today at the Nou Camp.

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