Lionel Messi's return to Argentine national team in doubt

Lionel Messi's return to Argentine national team in doubt

- Lionel Messi may not return to the Argentine national team anytime soon

- Coach Scaloni insists the Barcelona star has not been in touch with him

- Messi last played for his country against France in World Cup round of 16

Lionel Messi's return to the Argentine national team has suffered another setback as La Albiceleste captain has not been communicating with coach Lionel Scaloni.

Scaloni has admitted that the Barcelona talisman has not been keeping in touch for a while which has cast doubt over his possible appearance at the Copa America slated for June.

The 31-year-old has not worn the blue and white stripe colours of his country since they were ousted at the World Cup in the round of 16 by eventual winners France.

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After the competition in Russia, there were rumours going the round Messi would quit the international scene, and has not played in the last six matches for his country following his self-imposed exile.

Reports also claim that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner will be available for the friendly against Venezuela in March.

And now that Messi is currently nursing a thigh injury, he may skip the encounter slated for March 22, with Scaloni insisting he has not spoken with him.

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"I have not talked to Messi for a while now," Scaloni said.

"He has a match in a few days and we'll see if he can play."

Messi is presently top scorer for the Selecion with 65 goals and he is just 19 matches away from equaling Javier Mascherano's all-time record of 147 matches.

The Barcelona academy graduate had previously announced his retirement form the national team in 2016 after losing the Copa America final to Chile but had a change of heart.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi and Luiz Suarez enjoyed a red carpet premiere of the Cirque Du Soleil show named Messi10 dedicated to his life.

The Barcelona talisman went to the event alongside his wife Antonella Roccuzzo, as well as Suarez's partner Sofia Balbi to Sala Roma at the Nou Camp.

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