Messi’s Barcelona teammate Ivan Rakitic says the Argentine star works 100 percent in the training but spends less time at the Gym.get more Lionel Messi News on Sportslibro.com.
This season the 30-year-old Barcelona ace has started every game for Barcelona apart from the first three rounds of Copa Del Rey and so far he has scored 27 goals for them in all competitions.
The Barcelona manager Valverde sought to give their key man some rest at the crucial moment of the season, he left Messi out of his squad in their clash against Juventus and also against Sporting in Champions League group stages and in recent in their derby against Espanyol.
Lionel Messi insists that he has no issue with Valverde’s rotation policy; the Croatian International Rakitic thinks that Messi is always shaper in the field even if he is not hitting the weight room.
Ahead of their Champions League clash against Chelsea Rakitic voiced: "The truth is that Leo is very focused, working a lot,"
"I don't know if I have seen him in the gym so much, preparing, taking care of himself.
"You can notice in the training sessions when he's at 100 per cent. You notice a lot."
Rakitic also expressed his desire for the club captain Iniesta to stay with Barcelona beyond this season as well. The Barce skipper has been an integral part of the Catalan giants form his boyhood age and now some rumors are there that he has received some huge offers from Chinese league.
About Iniesta, Rakitic elucidated: "I don't want him to leave because of everything he means for this club,"
"We had a bottle of wine the other day and I saw that goal he scored [against Chelsea in 2009].
"It's not just about what he does on the pitch, though, but also in the dressing room and off the pitch.
"He is a very important person for me, a great friend. I hope he's here with us for many years. But as a friend, I want him to be happy and whatever he decides in the future, I will always be by his side."