How Messi No Longer Playing for Argentina Will Affect Squad, Lionel Scaloni Says

The Argentina national team was more in a party mood this international window as Lionel Messi and Co. played for the first time in the country since winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar last December. 

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni spoke with DirecTV Sports and mentioned Messi’s mood returning to the country as a world champion and lifting the trophy that had long eluded his career. 

“He enjoyed himself, which is what he had to do and what he knows how to do best,” Scaloni told the media outlet. “The day he can’t play anymore it’s going to be hard for us to assimilate him. I have enjoyed it even in difficult times. When we lost to Saudi Arabia the next day it was the first day he got up. 

“I told him not to get into his head if he is going to play in the next World Cup or not, that he enjoys himself. He gets along well with his colleagues from him. He gave me the feeling that he enjoyed himself at all times.”

While Messi enjoyed his time during the international break, the veteran goal scorer has to return to the reality that many want to know where he’ll play in the 2023-24 season. 

Reports suggest that his financial demands might be why the 35-year-old will have to exit PSG this summer, which, if that’s the case, it’s a wise decision by the capital club. 

The Ligue 1 side can use the wages saved from a Messi deal to build depth on the squad, which has hampered them this 2022-23 season. 

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  1. French fans don’t deserve player like Messi. They want a frenchman even with all his faults. And yet they still not sure the difference between artistry and grit in football. I hope Messi will be able to play in Premier League or back to the Spanish League. The french leave a bad taste in the mouth!

    1. Best comments about mentality of French “fans,” and the hubris of French people in general, in that connection. The funny thing is the Eiffel Tower, one big chump of steel and iron, was built so long ago, and the country still lived in a dream, as epitomized by the recent street riots.

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