Messi was not registered in the squad for Argentina’s 3-0 Bolovia match at an altitude of 3,625m above sea level, recently.
Previously, superstar No. 10 shined, kicking a beautiful free kick to help the world champions win 1-0 against Ecuador in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.
However, Messi had to leave the field near the end of the match due to “feeling tired”. Sharing later, the striker admitted that at the age of 36, there will be similar times in the Argentina team.
Coach Lionel Scaloni decided not to take any risks with their captain, so he let him rest when Argentina visited Bolivia.
Normally, an unregistered player will not appear on the bench with the team, but will have to sit in the stands. However, Messi raises questions when he still accompanies Argentina.
Is it possible that number 10 has been favored, ‘breaking the barrier’ of FIFA? TNT Sports has clarified why Messi is still sitting with the Argentina team.
Specifically, this striker has been registered in a new role – assistant coach of Lionel Scaloni! Therefore, of course he was present on the field legally, without any ‘violations’.
Messi himself also wears the uniform of a member of the Argentina coaching staff, not the uniform like the other reserve players.
Although Messi did not play in Argentina’s 3-0 Bolovia match, from the United States, coach Tata Martino and Inter Milan expect their ‘patron saint’ to be healthy enough to fight with them in MLS, with an away trip. Atlanta United at 4:00 a.m. on September 17.
Lam Hoang | 10:50 September 14, 2023