Messi international future in doubt
Posted: 15 August 2018 Time: 14:00
The future of Lionel Messi with the Argentina national team has been thrown into doubt with reports claiming he won't feature for the country again this year.
Speculation has been rife over another retirement for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner after the disappointing showing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Messi, 30, picked up his 33rd major title with FC Barcelona on Sunday but has failed to win a single trophy with the senior national team.
This has prompted claims that he may need time away from La Albiceleste in order to decide whether he should prolong his international career.
According to a report in Clarin newspaper, Barcelona's star told Argentina interim coach Lionel Scaloni that he won't be available for the upcoming games in the United States.
And he didn't confirm when he will play again for the national team or if he intends to come back for the 2019 Copa America.
The fallout from the World Cup debacle saw Jorge Sampaoli leave his role as Argentina manager with Scaloni named for the interim.
Former Argentina and Premier League striker Carlos Tevez has backed the idea of the captain taking a break.
"I think we should all leave him to make his own mind and make the decision that will make him happy. The best decision both for him and his family," Tevez told ESPN.
"Surely if he feels happy and decides to re-join the national team is because he has the support of his family and he wants to do it. If this isn't the case, then it would be useless for him to stay and do something he has no motivation for."