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Mon Apr 21 16:55:04 SAST 2014

Messi's failure to play costs Barcelona big money

Sapa-AP | 26 July, 2012 08:520 Comments
FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol  - Liga BBVA
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou on May 5, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain
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Lionel Messi’s absence from Barcelona’s friendly at Hamburg because of a right leg injury cost the club more than just the loss of the world’s best player.

Barcelona confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Argentina forward’s failure to play in Germany on Tuesday will cost the club 30% of its contract money, about $436,000 (R3,6 million).

Barcelona beat Hamburg 2-1 after goals from Dani Alves and youth player Gerard Deulofeu. The team was also without its Spanish internationals, who are still on holiday after winning the European Championship final in Ukraine on July 1.

Barcelona said Messi’s response to treatment will determine how long he is out.

The Spanish club plays Moroccan team Raja in a friendly on Saturday.

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