Lionel Messi Is Pressured To Play Friendly Against South Korea K-League All Star
Pep Guardiola didn’t plan to play Messi for the match against Barcelona and South Korea K-League All Star. But the promotor made it clear that the Barcelona top player must appear on the game, which will be held today (4 August 2010).
This decision was taken an hour after Guardiola stated that Messi will not appear, because he has just arrived from the holiday and is not fit to play. But later on, Barca’s side issued another statement that Messi will take part on the game.
The promotors and Barcelona representatives have met in a meeting, and decided that Messi will play. After seeing the final practice before the game, the coaching staff declared that Messi can perform for a few minutes.
Spanish media claimed that Barca’s agreement has something to do with money that they received from the promotor. On the contract, Messi have to perform for at least half an hour.
According to sports daily Marca, the tournament organizers have pressed Barcelona, and threatened to cancel the game. The local television also unwilling to broadcast the game if Barcelona plays without Messi.
“He (Messi) is not going to play,” Guardiola said before the correct decision.
“He’s only practiced once and was not ready to practice. To play him would be risky. He can play if he’s fit, “he added.
Guardiola will take his troops come up with new green jersey away games since the 1996-87 season.