Messi trains on day off
David Saura (special correspondent)
Lionel Messi has continued his push for full fitness ahead of the new season as he trained on Friday morning while the rest of the squad and coaching staff had a rest.
The Argentinian did not join the rest of the party for a stroll around Beijing and instead opted to
work on the pitch as he bids to raise his physical level after returning from a late holiday.
As 11:00, local time, Messi left the hotel along with fitness coach
Lorenzo Buenaventura and headed to the State Sports Training Centre in the Tiantan Chongwen
district of the Chinese capital where he did running and resistance exercises.
T-shirt and shorts
The other Barça players have had far more training days than Messi and
were able to don t-shirts and long shorts for a trip to the shops. After having breakfast at their
Beijing Shunjing Spa Hotel base most of the squad went out into the city to see what bargains were
First-team players like Adriano Correia and Daniel Alves went to
participate in a
promotional even for Nike
and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Éric Abidal and Seydou Keita dressed casually to accompany them.
Several members of the coaching staff headed to the centre of the city for a look around, but boss
Pep Guardiola preferred to stay in the hotel.
A few other players also chose to stay back and took advantage of the spa that claims to be
the largest in the world. With an extensive thermal area the spa covers around 90,000 square