Messi: Why I prefer the bench

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FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has said he does not like to be substituted and would rather start the game from the bench.

In the past, the Barcelona captain has refused to leave the field of play even in cases when the LaLiga giants are coasting to victory.

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And he's now explained why he's been insistent on this preference throughout his illustrious career.

"I don't like to be replaced," Messi told TyC Sports. "I prefer to come from the bench and play less than to be taken out.

"I say that because a lot of games are resolved near the end of the game, or you find more spaces then because you have more rivals that are tired.

"I prefer to come in and enjoy it than to leave and miss out on the best."

Messi has scored 674 goals in 829 games for club and country since making his senior debut for the Blaugrana in 2004.

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