Lionel Messi makes headlines over Argentina’s tentative 30-man squad for next month’s CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Bolivia.
World Cup qualification for the flagship project in Qatar in 2022 was supposed to start in March, but the coronavirus pandemic forced a delay until October.
Lionel Scalonis Argentina, which has not played since November, will now start against Ecuador in Buenos Aires on October 8, before traveling to Bolivia five days later.
Argentina and Barcelona captain Messi is added to the provisional squad by Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Inter striker Lautaro Martinez.
Uncovered duo Facundo Medina and Nehuen Perez were also included, while former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made his debut after joining Aston Villa.
Messi’s international future has been a topic of concern since he was eliminated from the national team following the final defeat of the 2016 Copa America by Chile before reversing his decision soon after.
Tor have learned that Messi is confident that the 2021 Copa America can end their wait for big wins with Argentina. The Barcelona superstar is thrilled with another shot at international fame.
Despite the most outstanding club-level résumés – one with 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns – his country’s high-profile cutlery has escaped a six-time Ballon d’Or winner.
A gold medal was secured for a U20 World Cup win in 2005 at the 2008 Olympics, but that’s as good as Messi when it comes to the Albiceleste.
Messi believes in the work of Lionel Scaloni and the Albiceleste coaching team and believes that those in charge can be placed in absolute confidence.
Scaloni has been at the top since a disappointing performance under Jorge Sampaoli at the 2018 World Cup resulted in a loss to eventual winners France in the round of 16.
Argentine squad: Agustin Marchesin (Porto), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Juan Musso (Udinese); Marcos Acuna (Sevilla), Leonardo Balerdi (Marseille), Juan Foyth (Tottenham), Walter Kannemann (Gremio), Facundo Medina (Lens), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Nehuen Perez (Atletico Madrid), Deutsche Pezzella (Fiorentina), Renzo Saravia (Internacional), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax); Joaquin Correa (Lazio), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Nicolas Dominguez (Stuttgart), Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion), Lucas Ocampos (Seville), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (Real Betis); Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lautaro Martinez (Inter), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristian Pavon (LA Galaxy), Giovanni Simeone (Cagliari).
Posted on 2020.09.20
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