Barcelona star Lionel Messi to return for Argentina in March to help build up for Copa America this summer
- Lionel Messi will return to Argentina duty this March ahead of the Copa America
- The Barcelona star is set to feature in friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco
- Messi took a break after the World Cup but is now back involved with his country
Argentina have been handed a boost as Lionel Messi will return to international duty in March to help preparations for this summer’s Copa America.
Barcelona ace Messi, a goalscorer in Wednesday’s 6-1 demolition of Sevilla, took a break from Argentina duty following a disappointing 2018 World Cup in Russia.
But the 31-year-old, according to the Evening Standard, will bring himself back into the fold in March for friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco.
Barcelona ace Lionel Messi will return to international duty with Argentine for two friendlies
Messi has 65 goals in 128 games for his country but it seemed he had made his last appearance for them in the 4-3 defeat to France in Russia.
But that now appears not to be the case and should he feature against Venezuela on March 22 he will end a 214-day break from international duty.
One of the biggest motivations burning inside Messi is that he has not won a major honour with his country.
The five-time Ballon d’Or has cleaned up across all the big competitions with Barcelona but has always failed to take Argentina over the line – notably losing the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil against Germany.
Messi has also fallen in three other finals, all of which came in the Copa America in 2007, 2015 and 2016.
Many assumed Messi’s final game for Argentina came as they were beaten at the World Cup