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Will Lionel Messi play Copa America 2019?

There is lot of hype on Argentina’s sensational football star Lionel Messi’s participation in the 46th edition of Copa America in Brazil. Messi announced that he would not be playing for national team until he comes out from disappointing 2018 FIFA world cup performance and team’s failure at the gala event.

Everybody knows two-time football world champion Argentina suffered in Russia’s world cup and team was failed to even qualify for quarterfinals. Since then Messi is not the part of national team and Argentina defeated Guatemala, Iraq and Mexico in recently concluded international friendly matches.

Heartbrake for Messi at 2015 Copa America Final.

Argentina playing without Messi and winning without him. So it will be a million dollar question for all Argentine and Lionel Messi fans whether jersey no. 10 champ will be appearing in upcoming Copa America 2019 or not?

The answer of above puzzle everyone knows as it will be completely depend on Messi. We should not forget that Argentina lost 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals where Messi lead the side. Also team failed to win 2014 world cup final while knocked out in the round of 16 at Russia.

Currently Lionel Messi is busy with Spanish club FC Barcelona and doing well for the side. And there are strong chances that modern era legendary footballer will travel Brazil in 2019 summer. One of the close source to Argentina told Diario Sport that national side is getting better with the time and Messi’s return for Copa America will be a good addition.

“There’s a lot of harmony. [Argentina] are building a good group. With Lionel [Scaloni], the most likely outcome is that Messi returns for the Copa America,” said source.

South American football confederation has got approval from FIFA to organize Copa America in the even years just like UEFA Euro Championship. And after 2019, next Copa America is scheduled for 2020. That makes sense for Messi to return to national side and gets an opportunity to win at least one international trophy with national team.

Legendary footballer hasn’t won single international trophy for playing Argentina, hence it will be a great chance for him.

Sports Mirchi’s take

SportsMirchi has understand that Lionel Messi would return to Copa America but despite appearing in 2019 edition, he would go for 2020 edition. The fact is Argentina team relies a lot on Messi and his spark whenever they appear in a match of big tournament like Copa America or World Cup.

Hence Messi may skip 2019 Copa America to see how the players perform for national team at the higher level when  he is not associated with them.

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