Lionel Messi out against Eibar so that he can rest before playing against Copa America

Lionel Messi is not training today with the coach’s permission and will not play against Eibar. He will get some rest before Copa America starts.  FC Barcelona faces Eibar in the final game of the season. However, as FC Barcelona is already knocked out from the race, Messi can rest up before the Copa America.`

With FC Barcelona out of the race, this weekend will decide who wins the La Liga, Atletico Madrid, or Real Madrid.  As Messi is out of the game against Eibar, there is a possibility we might never see him play in a Barcelona shirt.

Copa America is set to be played between June 13 and July 10. Group A comprises Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Group B includes Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. The four best teams in each group advance to the knockout stage.

Messi’s first game is against Chile, against who Argentina lost the last two finals. They play on 14th June at 2:30 am IST. This might be Messi’s last chance to win the Copa America and his first international trophy with Argentina.

Messi has played 11 games against Eibar, scoring 20 and assisting 6. Even though Messi is not playing the final game, he can end the season as the top scorer, unless Gerard Moreno can score 6 goals against Real Madrid. A highly unlikely scenario.

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