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Barcelona’s Messi is ‘a kid who can’t manage himself’

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Lionel Messi could be to blame for his own injury problems, believes a trainer who works closely with the Barcelona and Argentina star.

Messi was ruled out for up to two months when he suffered the latest in a string of hamstring problems in Barca’s 4-1 win over Real Betis earlier this month.

His team-mate Cesc Fabregas advised him to rest, and now one of the 26-year-old’s trainers, Fernando Signorini, has weighed in with his own opinion on Messi’s problems.

“He’s a kid who doesn't know how to manage himself because he is so passionate for the sport. Someone has to set limits for him,” said Signorini.

“He’s certain to have problems because of how he is. It is fine that you have a contract to play but the player also needs to know when to stop.

“And since he cannot manage it, someone behind the scenes needs to understand that he needs to be managed.”

Messi has already dismissed any notion of setting himself limits, saying he will play when his body allows him to, but Signorini insisted the player should also recognise when to slow down.

“He needs to have confidence in the people who are taking care of him, especially the people at Barcelona who are responsible for helping him reach the heights he has,” Signorini said.

“(But) the player also needs to know when to stop and take a break. He should know how to listen because he is such an intelligent person.”

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