Argentina raise fatigue fears over Messi

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that Messi is feeling tired heading into the world cup after playing a large number of games this season but I don’t think it was an intelligent decision by the fitness coach to make public statements about it.

It only created unnecessary controversy and negative attention on the national team 48 hours before its world cup opener.

Maradona needs to put a muzzle on Signorini.

World Cup 2010: Argentina raise fatigue fears over Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi’s dreams of World Cup glory could be dashed by fatigue after an arduous domestic season, according to Argentina fitness coach Fernando Signorini.

Messi arrived in South Africa on the back of an impressive, but taxing, season with Barcelona, in which he scored a career-best 43 goals and played 53 games in all competitions.

“He has arrived at the World Cup tired, the damage is already done and it’s irreversible,” Signorini said.

Messi and Veron highlight key to success Signorini, Diego Maradona’s personal fitness coach for the majority of his playing career, said too much was being expected of the young forward who only turns 23 in two weeks.

“[The organisers] worry about the doping controls but not if players play 70 matches a year,” he said this week after an early morning visit by anti-doping testers to Argentina’s University of Pretoria camp.

Fans and media have seen little of Messi in the last four weeks, although he has been involved in Argentina’s practice sessions since arriving in South Africa a fortnight ago.

Having missed Argentina’s 5-0 win over Canada in their final warm-up match 17 days ago due to a minor knee injury, Messi’s last match was in La Liga on May 16. His most recent appearance for Argentina came against Germany in Munich on March 3.

Signorini said Messi was doing no more than absolutely necessary in terms of fitness in the build-up to Argentina’s opening Group B match against Nigeria in Johannesburg on Saturday.

He went on to say “Messi is almost a miracle of genetics because in a single movement he makes six or seven [movements].

“It’s his calling to be one of the best [players] in history and surely at the next World Cup he’ll be better than in this because to his talent he will add experience.”


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