Barcelona legend Stoichkov: Argentina would not win for 3 years without Messi

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Lionel Messi will not rejoin the Argentina national team this September for friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia and is unlikely to play again in what remains of 2018, sources have told ESPN's Diego Monroig.

The five-time Ballon d´Or victor previously retired from the national side after their 2016 Copa America final defeat by Chile before returning to help them qualify for this year´s World Cup.

Messi woul dmiss the friendlies against Guatemala in LA on September 7 and against Colombia in NY on Sep 11.

"It's a lie that someone has invented for a while, so I would have to be the coach of the Argentine national team, because I'm a friend of Lionel, it's just a lie". The reasons (per what is being reported) is because of the pain of the last World Cup as well as a lack of project and management within the team.

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He will name his first squad for the visit to the United States later this week.

Messi and Barcelona, fresh off winning the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, take on Boca Juniors on Wednesday for the Joan Gamper trophy in a friendly at Camp Nou.

"It´s understandable. even if he doesn´t come back".

'It is always lovely to play against him, ' Tevez said. It´s bad for the team and for him. Messi has never won a major global title with Argentina.

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