UEFA Champions League: Lionel Messi excluded from FC Barcelona squad

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FC Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has excluded Lionel Messi from his squad for the UEFA Champions League clash against Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday.

Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong have both been excluded from Barcelona's matchday squad for their mid-week clash against the Ukrainian giants. 

Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Koeman explained that the decision not to include the duo was a tactical one based on Barcelona's strong performances in the competition, and that both players were merely being rested.

9- Philippe Coutinho (FC Barcelona) – £240 000-a-w
9- Philippe Coutinho (FC Barcelona) – £240 000-a-week
8- Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) – £256 000-a-week
8- Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) – £256 000-a-week
7- Koke (Atletico Madrid) – £270 000-a-week
7- Koke (Atletico Madrid) – £270 000-a-week
 6) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – £280 000-a-week
6) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – £280 000-a-week
5) Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona) – £322 000-a-w
5) Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona) – £322 000-a-week
 4) Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona) – £336 000-a-we
4) Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona) – £336 000-a-week
3) Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – £350 000-a-week
3) Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – £350 000-a-week
2) Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – £400 000-a-week
2) Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – £400 000-a-week
1) Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) – £580 000-a-week
1) Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) – £580 000-a-week