LaLiga: Barcelona manager reveals why Messi has been in pain since Christmas

Barcelona's players celebrate after Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez scored during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF against Barcelona at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real

An uncharacteristically angry Lionel Messi revealed on Friday how he struggles to deal with criticism of his performances for Argentina's national team, saying that even his six-year-old son was questioning why he was judged so harshly in his country.

"I would love to say that we had planned it, but it´s not true, it´s up to him".

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Barcelona changed their style of play in the second half, but they had to wait till the 71st minute before Lionel Messi scored the opener via a superb free kick. "We will be careful with him because he is vital for the rest of the season". That's why the coach picked his strongest available side, with Messi and Luis Suarez not spared despite their injury problems over the past fortnight.

Philippe Coutinho curled a shot inches over the bar after 68 minutes, but the home side did not have much longer to wait for the opener.

The Brazilian winger had a cross shot tipped wide by Diego Lopez, with Coutinho firing over the bar as Barcelona pushed for a victor.

Football fans, pundits and players have for a longtime been embroiled in the debate on who is the best footballer between Ronaldo and Messi, with opinion often divided on who is better. He's very good and that's that.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Champions Bayern Munich stumbled to a 1-1 draw at Freiburg on Saturday to hand the Bundesliga top spot back to Borussia Dortmund who beat VfL Wolfsburg 2-0.

A defence of their La Liga title is likely to come and then they are already in the Copa del Rey final, the big task will be winning another Champions League medal.

The Argentine star, who endured frustration again with the Albiceleste during the global break, simply looks so much more comfortable in Blaugrana.

The Bavarians, with 17 goals in their previous three league games, hit the woodwork in stoppage time but were left on 61 points, two behind Dortmund whom they play next week.

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