Messi only ran 6.8kms in Barcelona’s loss to Atletico Madrid
Barcelona forward, Leo Messi was completely taken out of Wednesday evening’s 1-0 Champions League quarterfinal loss to Atletico Madrid and it was later revealed that the Argentine only ran 6.8 kilometres, just 1.5 more than goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto.
Messi’s performance was limited and it seems unfathomable that a forward, a four-time Ballon d’Or winning forward would run 6.8 kms while his 39-year-old goalkeeper ran a total of 5.3 km, until you look at Messi’s style of play.
While this stat is a definite conversation piece, it has long been known that Messi is often seen walking up and down the pitch, as order by the club’s physio to keep his strength and endurance over the course of the long season, limiting his bursts of speed to his half of the pitch.
However, Carles Domènech stats that on average in the Champions League, Messi has 63.4 runs and on this night in the Vicente Calderon, Messi ran only 39, which may come down to the strength of Atletico Madrid’s defence than Messi’s unwillingness to get involved, which has been the general reaction to the data.