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Saturday , July 12 , 2014
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Leo is very tired: Dad

Lionel Messi is struggling lately at the World Cup because he is suffering from exhaustion, his father Jorge has claimed ahead of Argentina’s final showdown against Germany on Sunday.

The Argentina playmaker, who was hailed as potentially the star player of the tournament, has faded to become a peripheral figure in his past two games.

The Barcelona star neither scored nor provided an assist in the 1-0 quarter final victory over Belgium or the semi-final win on penalty shoot-out against Netherlands.

After speaking to his son recently, Messi’s father Jorge said that he is suffering from extreme fatigue. “Leo (Messi) said it looked like his legs weighed 100 kilos. He is very tired,” he said.

Messi dedicated Wednesday’s victory over the Netherlands to Argentine journalist Jorge Luis Lopez who died after his taxi was hit by a stolen car in central Sao Paulo.

“Big hug to all of Argentina and a very special keepsake for Jorge ‘Top’ Lopez. This victory is especially for you, buddy. A big hug to the family. Courage,” wrote the Argentina captain on social media.

Meanwhile, Germany say they have formulated a plan to stop Messi, but assistant coach Hansi Flick insisted: “We’re not going to reveal it.”