Ex-player leaks Messi’s strict rules Barcelona enforce in training

Lionel Messi won 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with Barcelona while scoring 672 goals in 778 games – with Barca taking special precautions to look after their 10 Player number

Messi well protected in Barcelona training(AFP/Getty Images)

Former Barcelona player Jean-Clair Tobedo has revealed players are not allowed to touch Lionel Messi in training.

The French centre-back, who currently plays for Nice, joined Barcelona in 2018 but has only made five appearances in all competitions. Despite this, he still managed to train with Messi and explained the lengths the club will go to protect their valuable asset.

Of course, Messi will go down in history as one of Barcelona’s all-time greats. The Argentine played 778 games, scored 672 goals, won 10 La Liga and Champions League trophies, and ushered in an era of dominance.

It’s perhaps not surprising that Barcelona would take extreme measures to look after one of the greatest players in football history, but Tobido has explained the extent of it.

“At Barcelona we are not allowed to touch Messi in training,” Tobedo told the Ligue 1 program. “It sounds crazy but it’s true. We have to be careful. It’s normal, he’s the best and you don’t want to hurt him.”

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However, this is not always the case. Based on an excerpt from Rio Ferdinand’s autobiography, the former Manchester United defender shared Thierry Henry’s story about Messi training for Barcelona.

Messi was fouled and did not get a free kick. Needless to say, this only angered the striker. “So when the ball came back to his goalkeeper, he (Messi) ran back and asked for the ball,” Henry said. “The goalkeeper passed the ball to him and Messi ran through the team angrily and scored.”

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