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By The Atlas Lions, Mar 23 2019 12:15PM

(ESPN) Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's friendly against Morocco on Tuesday but Barcelona expect him to be fit to face Espanyol after the international break, sources have told ESPN FC.


Messi returned to the Argentina team for the first time since the World Cup as they lost 3-1 to Venezuela in Madrid on Friday, playing the 90 minutes but ending the match with a groin problem.


Argentina confirmed that he would return to Barcelona and would not travel with the squad for the game against Morocco.


But Barcelona sources said they were relaxed about Messi's injury. There will be no further tests when he returns to Catalonia, and he will be fine to feature against Espanyol.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 23 2019 12:06PM

by Soka25east.com


Argentina’s miserable Friday night was compounded by the news that Lionel Messi will miss their next game against Morocco and will return to Barcelona after picking up an injury in defeat to Venezuela.


Messi captained the side inside Atletico Madrids’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium and while he played the 90 minutes, it now transpires he collected a pelvic injury which will now see him return to Barcelona to recover.


In a statement released on their website late on Friday, Barcelona wrote: ‘Lionel Messi did not have the return to international action that he would have wanted, and an injury picked up on Friday night means he will miss Argentina’s game against Morocco on Tuesday.


Lionel Messi will return to Barcelona after collecting an injury while representing Argentina


Messi played 90 minutes in Madrid but will play no part in the next game against Morocco


‘The FC Barcelona star captained his side and played the entire 90 minutes of the friendly against Venezuela at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, but they would lose 1-3.


‘It was his first appearance since the 2018 World Cup quarter final loss against France, which was followed by a short-lived international retirement for Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer.


‘Whilst he would feature from start to finish, a problem with his pubis means that Messi will not play in the second friendly of the international break.’



It is believed the injury is a flare up from a pre-existing problem and all parties are not keen to take a risk on their star man – particularly Barcelona given they have one eye on their upcoming Champions League tie against Manchester United.


Messi showed flashes of brilliance in Madrid but it was Venezuela who impressed with goals from Salomon Rondon, Jhon Murillo and Josef Martinez. Lautaro Martinez got Argentina’s consolation.


The Barcelona attacker cut a frustrated figure at full-time as his return to the international fold – having taken a sabbatical following Argentina’s World Cup exit last summer – ended in such disappointing fashion.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 5 2019 02:45PM

Moroccan national soccer team players are forbidden to commit charges on Lionel Messi or take photos with the Argentine superstar during the Morocco-Argentina friendly game.


The Football Association (FA) of the Latin American country has outlined the conditions to its Moroccan counterpart, according to local daily Al Akhbar.


Moroccan players, a source from the Moroccan FRMF told the daily, should not take photographs with Messi after the match nor use excessive force against the FC Barcelona legend.


The terms signed between the two federations also include ban on fans to take selfies with the Argentine captain.


The two countries will lock horns on March 26 in Tangiers as part of FIFA international friendlies. The FRMF, according to the source, is also forbidden to disclose the name of the hotel to host the Argentine squad.


It should also charter a private jet to fly Messi and his teammates from Spain where they will be gathering for preparation before the match.


Moroccan authorities should also provide security for the visitors throughout their stay in the North African country.


The Argentine FA on the other side will ensure that Messi plays at least for 60 minutes.


http://northafricapost.com/28612-argentinas-fa-outlines-conditions-for-morocco-argentina-march-26-friendly.html

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 2 2019 10:29AM


By Football Italia staff


The Argentina squad for upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco include Paulo Dybala, Giovanni Simeone, Lautaro Martinez and Rodrigo De Paul.


Coach Lionel Scaloni announced the list of players for the two matches, which will be at the end of this month.


There had been question marks around the presence of Mauro Icardi, seeing as he is officially out of the Inter squad due to a knee injury.


Maurito is not included, but his Inter teammate Lautaro Martinez is, along with Fiorentina forward Simeone and Juve’s Dybala.


Lionel Messi also returns, despite recently being left out of friendly games.


Other Serie A representatives are Fiorentina defender German Pezzella and Udinese creative midfielder De Paul.


Argentina squad: Armani, Rulli, Andrada, Gazzaniga; Pezzella, Lisandro Martinez, Barboza, Foyth, Otamendi, Kannemann, Funes Mori, Acuna, Tagliafico, Mercado, Saravia, Montiel; Ascacibar, Paredes, Marcone, Lo Celso, Di Maria, Zaracho, Lamela, Lanzini, De Paul, Gonzalo Martinez; Messi, Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Benedetto, Simeone

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 1 2019 05:58PM

On February 10, the Moroccan international footballer secured the first hat trick in the Leganes club’s history.

By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Good news for Moroccan football fans: La Liga has listed Moroccan footballer Youssef En-Nesyri as one of three nominees for the best player of the month in February.


The two other candidates are Getafe striker Jaime Mata and FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.


After scoring a hat trick last month, the footballer expressed satisfaction at being the first in his football club, Leganes, to achieve the feat.

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 17 2019 11:17AM

It is yet to be unannounced whether Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will play in the friendly Argentina vs. Morocco match next month.


By Morocco World News -


Rabat – President of the Argentinian Football Association (AFA), Claudio Tapia said that he is not questioning Messi’s presence in the friendly game between Morocco and Argentina, which will take place on March 26 in Tangier.


“I have no doubt that he will be there, I know how he feels about this shirt, without talking to him, I know he wants to go back, he never left,” Tapisa said as he was quoted by Spanish media.


There has been speculation that Messi will finish his national team sabbatical for the first time since the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


Goal.com quoted J former Argentina striker Javier Saviola, who said that Messi is still angry and hurt as he did not manage to clinch the World Cup trophy with his national team.


Tapia argued that “football is a collective game, if we think that only one player will win the World Cup, is not right.”


While some Moroccans expressed excitement to attend the friendly match, others expressed their discontent for the alleged amount Morocco would need to pay Messi to attending the match.


Some Moroccans started a boycott campaign on Facebook recently, calling for the match to be suspended and the money to be used to improve the lives of needy people.


Morocco and Argentina last played each other in a friendly game in April 2004. They also faced off in the 1994 World Cup, when Argentina won 3-1.

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