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Messi to take part in Barcelona's tour of Asia

Lionel Messi will take part in Barcelona's preseason tour of Asia but the Spanish champions' eight World Cup winners have been rested.

sports Updated: Jul 31, 2010 19:50 IST

Lionel Messi will take part in Barcelona's preseason tour of Asia but the Spanish champions' eight World Cup winners have been rested.

The Barcelona players that helped Spain win the World Cup will miss friendlies against the all-stars from South Korea's K-League in Seoul on Wednesday and against Guoan in Beijing's Bird's Nest Olympic stadium four days later.

They are Carles Puyol, Victor Valdes, David Villa, Pedro Rodriguez, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta, who scored in the 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in the final.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will bring 28 players on the tour.