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Lionel Messi has already been taken off three times this season, sparking questions about Christophe Galtier’s decisions Messi himself is, however reportedly unbothered as he sees it as an opportunity to remain fresh ahead of World Cup duty with Argentina The prolific star has, for the first time in his career, fallen prey to a star-studded squad with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe seemingly ahead of him now
Lionel Messi has found himself in rather unfamiliar territory this season of being taken off by his head coach Christophe Galtier. Messi is used to completing the whole 90 minutes provided he is fit, irrespective of how the scoreline looks like.
The Argentine wizard has now been taken off a record three times by Galtier. Of the three, the substitution in Monaco’s game when PSG direly needed Messi’s ingenuity to maintain their perfect start raised some eyebrows. His reaction afterwards suggested somebody who was pissed off by the coach’s decision. However, as El Futbolero reports, Messi is not worried about his substitution.
In fact, it is understood that he is for the idea as he seeks to arrive in Qatar later this year in optimal condition. Messi will be making another stab and probably his last at winning the World Cup. Argentina are one of the favourites to dethrone France and Messi is aiming to keep fit and not be overstrained by the congested run of fixtures at PSG. Unlike how he reacted last season when he was substituted off by former manager Mauricio Pochettino, it’s safe to say that Messi is happy with Galtier’s decisions. Either that or Galtier is just a strict tactician who doesn’t give a hoot about Messi’s CV.