Lionel Messi Confirms He Will Not Take Part In Paris Olympics

Inter Miami and Argentina star Lionel Messi has confirmed he will not feature in the upcoming Paris Olympics. Get all the details here.
Lionel Messi with the Copa America trophy

Lionel Messi with the Copa America trophy

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The anticipation for the Copa America has started to build already as current holders Argentina will stake their claim once again. This edition of the Copa America will be held in the USA.
Lionel Messi has been with the Argentina squad as Lionel Scaloni’s team is currently busy preparing for the tournament. Messi will lead Argentina’s challenge once again and the 36-year-old will desperately want to add a second Copa America trophy to his cabinet before hanging up his boots.
With the Olympics also scheduled to start in July, Argentina will also be involved in the competition. In the Olympics, men’s football is generally a U-23 event while three senior players can be featured alongside.
It was mooted that there is a possibility of Messi travelling with the team to Paris. But the 2008 Olympics medal winner revealed his conversation with U-23 manager Javier Mascherano in which he cleared the air over his unavailability for the tournament.
Messi stated that it would be very hard for him to take part in back-to-back international tournaments as he is no longer the same player that he used to be a few years ago.
As quoted by ESPN Argentina he said, “I talked to Mascherano and the truth is we both understood the situation. It's hard [to think about the Olympics right now] because we're in Copa America. It would be two, three straight months of not being with the club, and more than anything I'm not at an age to be in everything. I have to choose carefully, and it would be too much to play two straight tournaments.
“I've been very lucky to play in the Olympics, of winning it together with Masche. It was a wonderful experience on a football level. Olympics, U20, memories I'll never forget. It's spectacular to be fortunate enough to go through all that. I hope that the guys who get to go enjoy it in the same way that I did because it's special. The Olympics are special, different from anything else.”
Argentina will face Canada in the opening match of the tournament.
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