Luis Enrique & Leo Messi made a pact that he wouldn’t start v Atletico, Barça pair now have understanding (Jugones)

Leo Messi was benched by Luis Enrique last Saturday night, but there were extenuating circumstances: Messi had missed training to be present for the birth of his second child.

That, coupled with the fact he’d just come back from international duty with Argentina, meant he was a little short of preparation.

And according to Jugones, the decision was mutually taken between the pair, as they made a ‘pact’ that he would come on as a second half substitute.

Unlike at Anoeta last January, when Messi was benched against his wishes, a move by Enrique that threatened to jeopardize their entire season.