A real risk that Leo Messi won’t be 100 percent at 2014 World Cup

Former Argentina national side fitness coach Fernando Signorini has said that Barca striker Leo Messi needs some desperate rest if he doesn’t want to suffer from burnout before the world Cup in 2014, which is played in Brazil.

As reported by Spanish sports paper Marca, Signorini said: “Before, in the 60s and 70s, players would play 80-90 matches a year, but Messi, the number one in the world, is playing over 120 if you count FC Barcelona and the Argentine national team”.

He went on to add: “Messi had gone three years injury-free, but two and a half months ago he strained a muscle just before the first leg of the semi-final against Bayern Munich in Germany, and he was put back on the bench for the return leg. Then he got injured again and now he is being reduced to second-half cameos”.

What the wonderful player I have known since he was a kid needs is a holiday with his wife and son. With the demands of the modern game, it’s impossible to play more than 100 games and still always be 100%”.

Signorini added. “Vicente Del Bosque recognized that a number of his players picked up fewer injuries when they did less training”.

“Groin strains are one of the most fashionable injuries today, but they never used to exist before. Many things happen now that we weren’t aware of in the past because it used to be much more about a player’s technique and playing style than about grueling fitness work”, he concluded.

Fernando Signorini has a valid point and Messi’s fitness coaches would do well to heed the advice from the former national team fitness coach. Players are having to play more games than ever before and it’s taking its toll on the world’s best player. messi desperately needs some rest and some peace and quiet even though the player would probably never admit to it.

The only thing Messi wants to do is play football but the situation must be taken into consideration before he suffers from burnout. Once that happens, it may be a long road to recovery and we may not see the best of the world’s best player.

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    Valora en Bitacoras.com: There is a real risk that Barcelona’s Leo Messi might not be 100 percent fit for the World Cup which is staged in Brazil next year. According to former Argentine national team fitness coach Fernando Signorini, Messi needs som….