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Messi to miss Olympics but door open for World Cup

Messi to miss Olympics but door open for World Cup
14 June 2024 13:57

Miami (AFP)

Eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has confirmed in an interview with US broadcaster ESPN that he will not attempt to win a second gold medal with Argentina at the Paris Olympics this summer.

“I spoke with [Argentinian Olympic coach Javier] Mascherano, and we immediately agreed on the situation,” Inter Miami forward Messi said in the interview. “It’s a difficult moment, because there’s the Copa America, and that would mean two or three consecutive months away from my club. At my age, I don’t want to play everything and I need to make the right choices,” said the member of Argentina’s 2008 Olympic gold medal-winning team.

Messi, who turns 37 on June 24, will be with defending champions Argentina at Copa America from June 20 to July 14 in the United States, just before the Olympics start on July 26. Messi, however, has not closed the door on taking part in a record-breaking sixth World Cup, to be held in 2026.

“I won’t take part in a World Cup just to say I’ve done six,” said Messi. “If I feel good and everything is in place for me to be there, fine.”

Source: AFP
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