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The Argentine Leo Messi has not trained on Friday with the coach's permission and he will not be in the squad for the game against Eibar on Saturday. The striker can enjoy a rest before next month's Copa América after a season in which he is one of the players in the squad who has played most.
This season he has lifted the Copa del Rey and in his 47 appearances (35 in the league, six in the Champions League, five in the Copa del Rey and one in the Super Cup) he has scored 38 goals this season, and his 30 in the league mean he is virtually assured of an eight 'pichichi' title as top scorer in La Liga.
It is worth remembering that this season the Argentine has broken the all time appearance record at Barça with 778 games, surpassing Xavi's previous figure. Messi has also broken Pelé's landmark figure for goals with the same club as the Argentine now has scored 672 goals in a Barça shirt.