Argentine FA Boss urges Barcelona to reduce Messi’s playing time

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Lionel Messi and Claudio Tapia [Image: Cuatro Vientos]

The Argentine Football Association President, Claudio Tapia is urging Barcelona to feature National team Captain, Lionel Messi in less number of matches.

Tapia has made a disclosure that he has requested for his fellow compatriot to play fewer games for the Blaugrana in a bid to avoid fatigue or injury ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Messi is at this very moment trying to help the Catalans win the treble in manager, Ernesto Valverde’s debut campaign.

And the attacker has so far made 29 starts and three substitute appearances across every competition during the 2017/18 term.

However, Tapia says he wants to see the 30-year-old have better protection in preparation towards the Russia 2018 World Cup.

That is the case with the South American country keen on clinching the trophy for the first time since 1986.

Tapia made the disclosure to top media outlet, TYC SPORTS during a short interview session he granted on Monday night.

“I hope all the players arrive at the level they are. Sergio Agüero’s thing is terrible and Lionel Messi is always up.

We talk to Messi to take care of him and to play less in Barcelona, “said Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association.

Messi has already struck the net 61 times in 123 outings for Argentina since making his international bow in 2005.

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