31st July, 2018
All stand at attention! At Ease. The Tormentor-General is back at base.
That was the mood at the Nou Camp base of F.C. Barcelona as superstar Lionel Messi returned to base after a well deserved holidays to begin preparations for the new LaLiga season.
As will be recalled, Lionel Messi was with Argentina at the just concluded 2018 World Cup Competition in Russia but had a tournament that he and his mates would prefer to forget as quickly as possible.
The only shining point for him at the competition was the beautifully taken goal he scored against Nigeria’s Super Eagles. He went on to exit the competition at the last-16 stage. He is believed to have put the disappointment behind him by spending the past four weeks relaxing with family and friends.
Messi was not alone as a number of other Barca stars were seen arriving at the club’s Joan Gamper training complex on Tuesday. Leo was all smiles as he arrived for his medical and fitness tests alongside Spanish full-back Jordi Alba.
They both seemed to be in high spirits as they greeted staff before taking to the running machines to have their heart rates monitored. The duo were later joined by Alba’s Spain team-mates Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets, who also exited from the World Cup in the first knockout round.
It is understood that the quartet will not be joining up with the rest of the Barca team on tour of the United States in San Francisco this week but will instead focus on the up-coming Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla on August 12.
Thereafter, F.C. Barcelona kick-off their La Liga campaign against Alaves at the Nou Camp on August 18.