It would be the first final Barcelona have contested that he’s missed since the Club World Cup in 2006, when the Catalans lost 1-0 to Brazilian side Internacional. Messi had damaged the fifth metatarsal in his left foot that November.
Since then, he’s played in all 27 finals Barcelona have contested. A final without Messi is almost unimaginable for Barcelona supporters, but it could happen this Sunday.
Messi will travel with the squad and train at La Cartuja, with Ronald Koeman keen to give his captain every opportunity to recover his fitness and make the squad. The Argentine doesn’t want to miss Barcelona’s first final since May of 2019.