Lionel Messi has claimed he was subjected to more rigorous anti-doping controls than his Barcelona team-mates ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Officers from AETSAD (Spanish Agency for Protection of Health in Sport), who work in conjunction with Uefa, visited Barcelona and conducted tests on five players – Messi, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Claudio Bravo and Jordi Alba – prior to Monday morning’s training session.
Afterwards Messi took to his Instagram account to reveal he came under particular scrutiny.
“Doping control. Of the five chosen, I was the only one who had to give urine and blood samples… bit strange isn’t it?” he wrote.
On Saturday, Messi grabbed another hat-trick – his 21st in La Liga – as Barca thrashed city rovals Espanyol 5-1.