World Cup - Messi is exhausted, claims his father

Lionel Messi is underperforming at the World Cup because he is so tired, according to his father Jorge.

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Lionel Messi is suffering from exhaustion (Reuters)

“He is exhausted and feels as if his legs weigh 100 kilos each,” said Messi Sr.

His words will not reassure Argentina fans who will be hoping for a dazzling display from their talismanic playmaker in Sunday's World Cup final against Germany.

Ron Vlaar and his colleagues kept Messi quiet during the semi-final against the Netherlands as teams have realised the way to subdue Argentina is to man-mark the star.

Indeed, Germany look set to adopt the same tactic, claiming they have a plan ready, although assistant coach Hansi Flick added: "We’re not going to reveal it.”

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