Messi Reveals His Son Asked Why Press In Argentina Is 'Killing' Him

"The important thing is that (Messi's) on our side, he scored a great free kick and without doubt having him is always an advantage for us", said midfielder Sergio Busquets.

He said he would continue to play for his country even though "a lot of people told me not to do it, not to suffer again".

"Many people said I should not return (to the national team). We make decisions together and talk to him to see how he is like I do with others", he told a press conference. It's a complicated groin issue.

Messi's run against Getafe received 45 per cent of the total votes out of the four goals, beating his efforts against Athletic Club in the Copa final (28 per cent) and in the Bernabeu in the Champions League (16 per cent).

He said going from Barcelona to Argentina was hard and blamed their poor performances in Russian Federation on a swift transition from promoting younger players to take up senior positions in the team. You need to give the kids time and confidence. "Apart from the Venezuela game they've played well and I've watched them develop with their club sides and I like the way things are going". My six-year-old son asked me: 'Dad, why do they crucify you in Argentina?'.

Barca coach Valverde confirmed earlier on Friday that he's been managing Messi's fitness issues since Christmas.

The Argentine forward returned to training with with the Barca first team this week and looks set to feature in the Catalan derby on Sunday.

Barcelona were far below their fluid best but two moments of skill from talisman Messi secured three points from an otherwise forgettable game. "Although it was a bit hard to see him win trophies, he gave La Liga prestige". "Excluding him and me, the best players in the world are [Kylian] Mbappe, Neymar, [Eden] Hazard, Suarez and [Sergio] Aguero".

The Argentina captain was quick to hit back, however, in an interview with Buenos Aires-based radio station FM Club 947. "Sincerely, I don't know".

  • Angelo Rivera