Lionel Messi, captain of the Argentine national team, would not be called up for the next two South American Qualifying matches against Chile and Colombia due to an agreement between Paris Saint Germain and the Argentine Football Association (AFA), according to the Spanish press today.
The newspaper Mundo Deportivo assured that PSG agreed with Argentina and Brazil that Messi and Neymar, stars of the French team, do not travel to the double date that will be played between January 27 and February 1.
According to information from the Catalan media, Messi would be the only one from Argentina who would not be released since Ángel Di María and Leandro Paredes will be part of the squad led by Lionel Scaloni.
The point of agreement between PSG and AFA was the need for a break for Messi, who has not yet returned to training normally after having contracted the coronavirus.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team has as its main objective the round of 16 series of the European Champions League against Real Madrid and needs Messi in his best physical and footballing condition.
The first leg will be played on February 15 in Paris and the rematch, on March 9, in Madrid.