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Messi to miss Barcelona's 2011 opener

(CNN) -- Spanish champions Barcelona will kick off 2011 without the services of world player of the year Lionel Messi and key defenders Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique.

Coach Pep Guardiola has given top scorer Messi permission to miss Sunday's home clash with Levante as his side seek to move five points clear of second-placed rivals Real Madrid in the La Liga standings.

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karim2170d ago

Won't be needed....They can still destroy the other team without him

MasterGuru2170d ago

Stats is important my friend especially with Ronaldo catching up to Messi's goal tally. Ronaldo is at 25 and Messi is at 27. Though it has to be said that Messi has played 5 games less.

karim2170d ago

Messi doesn't care he just want to win and he also improved his assist ratio...Need some rest