Lionel Messi extends Argentina’s blackout to Brazil and Iraq friendlies in October

Lionel Messi extends Argentina’s blackout to Brazil and Iraq friendlies in October

- Lionel Messi will be left out of Argentina’s friendlies next month in Saudi Arabia

- Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni revealed Messi will not feature against Iraq and Brazil

- Messi last played for the Albiceleste in the Round of 16 defeat to France at the Mundial

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi will not play any role for Argentina in next month’s international window as he continues his exile from the Albiceleste squad.

According to a UK Sun report, Argentina’s new boss Lionel Scaloni, disclosed at Monday’s FIFA’s Best Awards in London, that Messi will not be invited to play against Iraq in Riyadh before tackling Brazil in Jeddah in October.

“Messi won’t be called up.

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“I have spoken with him and it’s best that he doesn’t come back for now,” Scaloni was quoted as saying.

The 31-year-old Messi, who last featured for the Albiceleste in the Round of 16 defeat to France at the Mundial, also snubbed Argentina’s games against Guatemala and Colombia this month.

The Barcelona star could likely return to action for the South American nation possibly during November’s international friendlies.

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Previously, the five-time world’s best player opted out of the Albiceleste squad in 2016, after failing to win the Copa America final match against Chile.

Messi, however, returned to action for the Albiceleste a few months later but quit again moments after Argentina bowed out of the summer World Cup in Russia, stressing that he might be going on retirement from international football.

"I tried my hardest. It has been four finals, I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen.

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"I think this is best for everyone, firstly for me and for a lot of people that wish this. The team has ended for me, a decision made,” Messi was quoted as saying at the Mundial.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that former Real Madrid and Juventus manager Fabio Capello has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for missing the FIFA awards staged in London on Monday, September 24.

Russia 2018 most valuable player Luka Modric won the award for the first time in his football career, few weeks after been crowned the best in Europe.

The Croatian beat competitions from his former teammate Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah to the prize.

Messi for the first time in over a decade failed to make top three this year but was included in the FIFA best eleven.

Messi for the first time in over a decade failed to make top three this year but was included in the FIFA best eleven.

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