After irritating club executives with an ‘illogical’ contract clause, Lionel Messi ‘agreed with Argentina to focus on PSG.’


After irritating club executives with an ‘illogical’ contract clause, Lionel Messi ‘agrees with Argentina to focus on PSG.’

Following a 0-0 draw against Brazil on Tuesday, Argentina secured a place in next year’s World Cup with four games to spare.

And captain Lionel Messi, who has irritated PSG bosses by playing more minutes for his country than for his club this season, may not be called up for any of them.

According to Marca, PSG and the Argentinian FA have discussed the situation, and the French club has requested that he not be called up for the dead rubber matches.

However, as part of the deal to sign Messi in the summer, Les Parisiens agreed to let him prioritize his national team over Ligue 1.

Messi, on the other hand, is said to be eager to return to club duty now that World Cup qualification has been secured.

His eyes are set on breaking his Ligue 1 duck, as he has yet to score in any of Les Parisiens’ five league games.

Although it is unclear whether Argentina’s Football Association will agree and exclude the 34-year-old from the country’s next round of fixtures in January.

PSG sporting director Leonardo was not pleased with Messi’s decision to miss matches against RB Leipzig and Bordeaux this month in order to receive’regenerative therapy’ in Madrid.

After that, Messi was immediately available for international duty, appearing in recent games against Uruguay and Brazil.

He has a contract clause that allows him to put international games ahead of club matches.


However, the forward has not played for the French champions since October 29, when he played 45 minutes against Lille.

His commitment to the national team hasn’t helped him start the season off well for his club.

“We do not agree to let a player go by selection who, in our opinion, is not in physical condition or is in the rehabilitation phase,” Leonardo previously stated about the situation.

“It is illogical, and situations like this demand a genuine agreement with FIFA.”

PSG’s next match is against Nantes on Saturday, but with Mauricio Pochettino’s side already leading Ligue 1 by a comfortable margin, Messi may be rested until Wednesday.

Pochettino and his team will travel to Manchester City in the Champions League.

The winner of that game will almost certainly finish first in their group and be given a favorable draw for the knockout stages.

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