This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
Dublin: 9 °C Monday 17 December, 2018
Advertisement

Rakitic: You wouldn't see Messi in the gym much

The Barcelona star is not as active as his Real Madrid counterpart Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to working out in the gym

IVAN RAKITIC SAYS Barcelona star Lionel Messi works at “100 per cent” in training but spends little time in the gym.

Messi, 30, has played every match for Barca this season apart from the first three rounds of the Copa del Rey, scoring 27 goals in the process.

Head coach Ernesto Valverde has sought to give Messi some rest at key times this season, notably leaving him out of the starting line-up for Champions League group games with Juventus and Sporting CP and the league derby match with Espanyol.

The Argentina international insisted last month he has no objection to Valverde’s rotation policy, and Rakitic believes his team-mate looks as sharp as ever, even if he tends to avoid the weights room.

“The truth is that Leo is very focused, working a lot,” Rakitic said ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 clash with Chelsea. “I don’t know if I have seen him in the gym so much, preparing, taking care of himself. 

“You can notice in the training sessions when he’s at 100 per cent. You notice a lot.”

Rakitic also expressed his desire for captain Andres Iniesta to stay at the club beyond this season.

The 33-year-old has been a key part of Valverde’s plans but has reportedly received a significant offer from a club in the Chinese Super League.

“I don’t want him to leave because of everything he means for this club,” said Rakitic. “We had a bottle of wine the other day and I saw that goal he scored [against Chelsea in 2009].

“It’s not just about what he does on the pitch, though, but also in the dressing room and off the pitch.

“He is a very important person for me, a great friend. I hope he’s here with us for many years. But as a friend, I want him to be happy and whatever he decides in the future, I will always be by his side.”

- Omni

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

About the author:

The42 Team

Read next:

COMMENTS (17)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel