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Lionel Messi's absence costs Barca

Updated: July 25, 2012, 8:28 PM ET
Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi's absence from Barcelona's exhibition at Hamburg because of a right leg injury cost the club more than just a game from the world's best player.

Barcelona confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday the Argentine forward's failure to play in Germany on Tuesday will cost the club 30 percent of its fee for the game, a loss of about 360,000 euros ($436,000).

Barcelona beat Hamburg 2-1 on goals by Dani Alves and Gerard Deulofeu. The team was also without ...

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