Leo Messi by ESPN Magazine
Lionel Messi leaving the stands after Spain’s sixth goal against Argentina.
Lionel Messi watching the Spain-Argentina friendly on March 27th, 2018
Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano of Argentina walk around during an Argentina training session at Manchester
City Football Academy on March 20, 2018 in Manchester, England.
Before the friendly against Italy on March 23rd/2018, Lionel Messi spoke to the press, admitting that he’s been struggling with a hamstring discomfort “for quite some time”.
On the last day I felt the discomfort and decided that it is better to clean everything up [with] what’s coming.
[Against Italy], I wanted to play, but there is still a long way to go until the World Cup and there are also important things to play with the club.
I hope I can be good to play [against Spain]–I have a few more days to rest and to continue treating the hamstring.