- Lionel Messi cannot be rough handled at Barcelona according to Jean-Clair Todibo
- The Argentine is Barcelona's most important figure and players have been told to be careful around him
- Todibo, a Barca loanee to Schalke, also revealed that defenders have to train with caution in order not to risk injuring Messi
Barcelona have reportedly stopped their players from going hard on their superstar Lionel Messi at the training sessions in order to keep the Argentine off injury risk, Jean-Clair Todibo has revealed.
Messi is Camp Nou's most important figure and Barcelona new manager Quique Setien will need his messianic presence in the coming La Liga encounters.
And Todibo has now lifted the lids on his Camp Nou experience, with the defender revealing players are 'very careful' around the Argentine.
“Everyone in the team was very aware that Messi could not be injured. During training sessions, you have to defend him with caution.
“I learned a lot training alongside Leo Messi and I stole the ball from him once making sure not to do him any damage.”
Todibo is currently on a six-month loan to Schalke and he was an unused substitute as the Bundesliga giants recorded a resounding 2-0 victory league rivals Borussia Monchengladbach.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is inching towards becoming the greatest star to ever don Barcelona jersey after the Argentine netted his 500 goals for the Catalans in exactly his last 500 games.
He unleashed his brilliance against Granada and his messianic presence was all they needed as Barcelona escaped what could have been a disgraceful start for Quique Setién.
The Argentine hitman saved the Spanish champions a messy moment with a lone strike as Barcelona reignited their La Liga hope.
Messi has been involved 20 goals this season and he is the Spanish league's top scorer with 14 goals.
At 32, he may paddle Barcelona to another league win after expressing willingness to work with new Barcelona boss Quique Setien.
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Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Lionel Messi's future with Barcelona seems to be diving into an ending note after his former teammate Javier Mascherano insisted the Argentine's Camp Nou exit is possible as some factors may demand with time.
Messi is moving toward the twilight of his career having spent all his entire football journey with the Spanish side since making his senior team debut over a decade ago, and his first goal coming against Albacete in 2004/05 campaign.