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Lionel Messi Will Not Play For Argentina

Lionel Messi Will Not Play For Argentina

U.S. heads to World Cup with players struggling for game time, including Messi, who missed the last two games [Reuters]

After a week’s suspension, Lionel Messi returned to Argentina and announced that he would play with the Argentina U-17s in their upcoming friendly in China.

The U.S. Soccer Federation decided to suspend Messi and the Argentina U-17s this week after a report in the Spanish press that claimed Messi’s father made a $1.8 million payment to his former agent during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Argentina had a match scheduled the last two days in the United States, their second match on foreign soil in the week before the World Cup.

As FIFA’s investigation into the allegations continues, Argentina coach Gerardo Franco has spoken out. “I believe that [Messi] will play,” Franco said in an interview with the Argentina newspaper La Nacion. “He will continue to keep working in the national team, but he will not play for Argentina.”

“I believe that Messi will not play for Argentina as his father did not pay his fee,” Franco said during the interview.

FIFA’s investigation into the matter will be followed by a FIFA disciplinary committee meeting on May 7, the second day after the World Cup begins. The investigation is ongoing.

The United States will play their first match at World Cup as the defending champion, but will need a major overhaul. The U.S. will need to be better and must change drastically over the course of the tournament.

The U.S. has been criticized for playing a defensively oriented style of game while many other nations have been criticized for their offense. The U.S. has some serious injury concerns going into the tournament, as it has lost Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan and Matt Besler.

The U.S. now has six players to start the tournament’s first match, with three more likely to miss time due to injury.

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