Messi among 7 Barcelona regulars rested at Malaga

Messi among 7 Barcelona regulars rested at Malaga

Published May. 20, 2011 8:44 a.m. ET

Lionel Messi is among seven Barcelona regulars rested for the Spanish champion's last league game on Saturday with the Champions League final looming.

Coach Pep Guardiola opted to leave out the Argentina forward and striker David Villa, midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, defenders Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol and goalkeeper Victor Valdes for the game at Malaga.

Barcelona, which clinched its third straight league title with two games to spare, plays Manchester United in the May 28 final at Wembley.

Messi has scored 52 goals in 54 appearances this season but none since his brace in the 2-0 Champions League first-leg win at Real Madrid - a stretch of four games.