- Lionel Messi has arrived his home country ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru
- The 33-year-old is among the first of players to hit camp despite feating for Barcelona over the weekend
- Messi gave his colleagues Di Maria and Paredes in his luxurious £12m private jet
Barcelona legend Lionel Messi arrived in Argentina ahead of their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru.
The 33-year-old recorded his first brace for the Catalans despite coming on in the second half of their 5-2 win over Real Betis last weekend.
It was also the first time he scored from an open play this term having scored all of his previous goals from the spot.
He has however shifted focus to helping his national team maintain their impressive run in the race to qualify for the global football showpiece two years from now.
Lionel Scaloni's men take on Paraguay on Friday, November 13, and then travel to battle Peru five days later.
According to Tycsports Messi arrived in his £12 million worth private jet alongside Angel Di María and Leandro Paredes as they become the first group of players to hit the camp.
Other players are expected to join them so they can commence training in earnest and maintain their winning run, having already beaten Ecuador and Bolivia in their previous games.
Gremio defender Walter Kannemann who had missed the first double qualifying games due to coronavirus has already landed in Ezeiza to join Messi, Di Maria and Paredes.
Eduardo Salvio, who retired with a muscular discomfort in the duel against Newell's, was shunned by Lionel Scaloni for the double date.
While Franco Armani, Gonzalo Montiel (River) and Esteban Andrada (Boca) are the ones mentioned in Argentine soccer for the duels with Paraguay and Peru.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has jumped to Lionel Messi's defence after the Argentine was labelled 'lazy' during their 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kyiv.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner handed the Catalans the lead just five minutes into the game from the spot before Gerard Pique sealed the win for the La Liga outfit.
Messi was spotted walking instead of pressing towards the final moments of their Champions League win against the Ukrainian side.
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