Messi back for Argentina after eight month absence

Argentina play Venezuela in Madrid on March 22 and then travel to Tangier four days later to tackle hosts Morocco

Argentina play Venezuela in Madrid on March 22 and then travel to Tangier four days later to tackle hosts Morocco

Messi had chose to temporarily step down from the national team following Argentina's disappointing World Cup campaign, where they crashed out to the eventual champions France in the last 16, but the Barcelona captain will have one eye on next summer's Copa America in Brazil with this decision.

The Barcelona forward has not played for his country since their last-16 exit at the hands of eventual champions France, opting to take a sabbatical after what was a disappointing tournament for the five-times Ballon d'Or victor.

Whilst he's built up an nearly unprecedented collection of trophies with his club, Messi is running out of time to taste major global success with Argentina.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor has been called up by new La Albiceleste boss Lionel Scaloni for the upcoming worldwide friendly matches against Venezuela and Morocco.

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Argentina have announced their squad to face Venezuela and Herve Renard's Morocco in their upcoming worldwide friendlies, with Lionel Messi returning after his eight months sabbatical.

There is no room for Aguero, however, with Scaloni favouring Lautaro Martinez, Giovanni Simeone and Dario Benedetto over the Manchester City star.

Gonzalo Higuain is another high-profile attacking omission. Like Aguero, Chelsea's on-loan Juventus striker has not been involved for the Albiceleste since Russian Federation 2018.

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