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Argentina urge captain Lionel Messi to play less for Spanish 

Short by: NISHAN PUTHRAN.

AFA president Claudio Tapia has spoken to captain Lionel Messi about playing fewer games for Barcelona in order to stay fresh for his country ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Argentina’s national football association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has said he has spoken to captain Lionel Messi about playing fewer games for La Liga side Barcelona in order to stay fresh for his country ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Tapia’s pleas have largely gone unheeded by Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, who has started Messi in 33 of the team’s total 39 games this season, only leaving him out of the matchday squad in three King’s Cup games. 

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