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Will Lionel Messi represent the world champion Argentina? Pi News

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Argentina U-23 national team head coach Javier Mascherano has said that the door is open for Lionel Messi to participate in this year’s Paris Olympics.

Argentina confirmed their place at the Games with a 1-0 win over Brazil on Sunday in the last four of the South American qualifying tournament.

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Commenting on the arrival of 36-year-old Messi in Paris, Mascherano, his former teammate in Argentina and Barcelona, ​​said: “Everyone knows my relationship with Leo, my friendship with him.

“I’ve always said that a player like Leo opens the door and then the offer to come with us depends on him, his compromise and his timing, but the offer will be there.”

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“Inter Miami” striker Messi, who led the Argentine national team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, won a gold medal with the national team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The men’s soccer tournament at the Olympics takes place in July and August. Teams can include players older than three.

After Lionel Messi’s loss, Chinese cities canceled Argentina’s matches

Sports leaders in China canceled two friendly matches with the participation of the world champion Argentina national team.

The development comes after Lionel Messi was ruled out for his club Inter Miami in an exhibition match in Hong Kong recently.

Argentina had scheduled a tour of China from March 18 to 26, during which they would face Nigeria in Hangzhou and Ivory Coast in Beijing.

But last week’s high-profile friendly between Inter Miami and the selected XI in Hong Kong drew criticism and a refund was demanded after Messi missed the field due to injury.

Some nationalist politicians and media have described Inter Miami’s 4-1 win and Messi’s appearance in a similar game in Japan as a blow to China without providing any evidence.

“Beijing currently has no plans to organize a match in which Lionel Messi is expected to participate,” the Beijing Football Association, which oversees soccer in the capital, said in a press release on Saturday.

The Hangzhou game was canceled on Friday night.

“For reasons known to all, according to the authorities, the conditions for holding the event have not been met,” the Hangzhou Sports Bureau said.

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