Messi returns alone

The Argentine, who passed the PCR test on Sunday at his home, arrived first at the Ciutat Esportiva and was training away from the rest of the group according to LaLiga protocol.


At 15.57 in the afternoon, Leo Messi's Mercedes made its entrance into the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper amid the expectation of fifty fans and approximately the same number of graphic media that reflected the return of the Argentine star to the discipline of the Barcelona after a week of rebellion in which Leo announced through a burofax his intention to leave Barcelona.

Thus began the second stage (and perhaps the last) of Leo Messi in Barcelona as a player. The Argentine footballer arrived half an hour before Korman marks the locker room. Since the arrival of the Dutchman, the rule has been established again that all players must be in the changing rooms of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper one hour before the scheduled time for training. The session was scheduled for 5:30 p.m., so the players had to arrive at 4:30 p.m. at the latest. 33 minutes before, Messi was already in the Barcelona facilities.

Messi arrived with the negative result of the PCR test required by LaLiga. The player took the test on Sunday at his home and yesterday morning the club, he and LaLiga received the results. Following the established protocol, the footballer exercised alone and will continue to do so for at least the next few days.

Messi broke his silence last Friday when, in an interview with, he said that he was going to continue one more season at FC Barcelona while charging very hard against the club's board of directors, especially personalizing his attacks on the figure of President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who she said had broken her word.

Messi could have appeared on Saturday at the club's facilities to pass the mandatory PCR test, but he did not do so without the club giving any explanation about it. On Sunday Koeman had decreed a day off for the Blaugrana squad and that was the day on which the Argentine underwent the test to be able to join the sessions with the normality that LaLiga protocols allow under the supervision of Ronald Koeman.

Next Saturday, September 12, Barcelona plans to test themselves in the first preseason game at the Estadi Johan Cruyff against Nàstic de Tarragona. A game in which Messi is expected to be able to enjoy a few minutes even though he has not been able to share training sessions with the rest of his teammates on the pitch.

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