Argentina’s Under-23 coach, Javier Mascherano, has suggested that Lionel Messi might feature for the nation at the Paris Olympics this summer.
La Albiceleste earned their spot in the prestigious event by clinching victory over Brazil, securing one of the two South American berths available. When asked about the possibility of Messi’s participation in Paris, Mascherano commented (via @AlbicelesteTalk):
“Messi at the Olympics? He has opened doors for me; it’s on him to decide. He congratulated us. We know that Leo is a big fan of the National Team. There will be time to talk.”
Messi played a pivotal role in guiding Argentina to World Cup glory in 2022 in Qatar, scoring seven goals and providing three assists en route to winning the Golden Ball award for the tournament’s best player.
With 180 appearances for his national team, Messi boasts an impressive record of 106 goals and 56 assists. Additionally, he previously secured an Olympic gold medal in 2008.
It remains to be seen if the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner will be selected as one of the three over-23 players permitted in the Olympic squad.
Currently, Messi is gearing up with Inter Miami for the upcoming MLS season, which commences with a match against Real Salt Lake on February 21.