Messi survives 'leg-breaking' tackle

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While Lionel Messi's Argentina won their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, the forward was lucky to escape the match without being injured after he was subjected to a potentially career-ending tackle. 

La Albiceleste defeated La Vinotinto 3-1 in their match early on Friday morning, with Lautaro Martinez, Joaquin Correa and Angel Correa providing their goals before Yeferson Soteldo scored a late consolation penalty for the hosts.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Messi in action for Argentina against Venezuela

However, the match was brought into disrepute about 30 minutes in when Messi found himself on the end of a dangerous tackle from Adrian Martinez.

The defender had attempted to win the ball, but completely missed it and caught the 34-year-old shins with his studs instead. Immediately after the tackle, Paris Saint-Germain's new signing was seen on the floor in agony.

Here is a video clip of the incident

The challenge initially garnered a yellow card, but after the incident was referred to the video assistant referee, the match official wasted no time in changing his decision to a red card for the 28-year-old.  

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After receiving medical attention, however, Messi got back up on to his feet and saw out the rest of the match.  

With the Argentina captain fortunate to have escaped serious injury from the reckless tackle, he should be involved in his nation's next match on Sunday, when they take on Brazil in a repeat of the 2021 Copa America final. 

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