Barcelona have lost its mercurial midfielder Lionel Messi following a hard tackle from a Bilbao player in first 45 minutes of Sunday’s La Liga clash at Camp Nou.
The Argentine who struck from the spot for the opener following a foul on Luis Suarez in the area by Athletic goalkeeper Muniain did not return after the break and was replaced by Arda Turan.
However, emerging reports at the time of press suggest head coach Luis Enrique took of the Argentine as a precautionary measure in order not to aggravate the feared knock.
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The Barcelona forward offered up his unprecedented five Ballon d’Or trophies (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015) that he won as the best player in the world.
The Camp Nou crowd rise to their feet to acclaim the man himself with a giant flag bearing the world ‘Congratulations Messi’ – in homage to Lionel Messi, the best player in the world and his fifth Ballon d’Or award recently claimed in Zurich, Switzerland just before the kickoff against Athletic.