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Barcelona fullback Alves: Messi IS sad. He doesn't share his life with me

Barcelona fullback Daniel Alves admits teammate Lionel Messi has been down in recent games. Messi last week bristled at claims he was "sad".

But Alves says: "On a day to day I see him as normal, I see it. But I'm not hypocritical. It is clear that in recent games he has been emotionally down.

"Why? I do not know, I have not sought to know. I just want to know what he's interested in sharing. And if someone is not interested in sharing his life or living, who am I to ask? I respect his space.

"But I noticed he was a little more downcast than usual. I think what sets it apart from others is that he has a great personality and when he is down, he tries again."

 Is Alves just being open? Or will he upset Messi with these comments? Give us your shout below...

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