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Puyol backs Barcelona stand over Messi

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has backed the club's battle with FIFA over Lionel Messi's Olympics selection.

Barca declared yesterday they would refuse to release the Argie and Puyol said: "Nobody doubts that Messi is a great player for us. For me, he's one of the best in the world.

"We cannot control everything, but I hope he can be here with us."

Barca want Messi available for their looming Champions League qualifier.

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