Barcelona star explains why he cannot start every game

Lionel Messi has revealed that his body can no longer take playing every game every season

 The Argentine forward has been dropped by boss Ernesto Valverde three times this season and started the club’s last two Champions League games on the bench. In previous years, Messi’s absence was virtually unheard of as he took the world by storm.But now at the age of 30, he feels that the non-stop football is beginning to catch up with him.

-I have learned that the season is long, that there are times which are harder than others because the years fly by and now my body pays the price for playing in so many matches, Messi said.

Messi came off the bench in the 61st minute against Sporting Lisbon, but he is expected to start from the off against Villarreal on Sunday