For the first time after world cup, Argentina’s captain Leonel Messi, is back to his National team.
The Argentina champion will be featured in the friendle match against Venezuela and Morocco this month, coach Lionel Scaloni said on Thursday.
The Barcelona forward has not played for his country since their last-16 exit at the hands of eventual champions France, opting to take a sabbatical after what was a disappointing tournament for the five-times Ballon d’Or winner.
However, Scaloni said in January that he had a “good feeling” about Messi’s possible return from his self-imposed exile, and included him along with 30 other players.
“Leo has been selected, we’ll decide later if he plays one game or two,” Scaloni told reporters in Buenos Aires. “I will make that decision.”
Messi is Argentina’s leading goal scorer with 65 goals but he is often criticised for not reproducing his club form for the national side.