Tension between PSG and Messi on Argentina call-up: ‘It doesn’t make sense’


Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo is not happy that Lionel Messi has been called up by the Argentina national team and he is threatening to escalate his concerns to FIFA.

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has included the PSG number 10 in his squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Argentina is set to face Uruguay and Brazil during the international break, and Messi appears to be determined to be there despite having just missed two matches for PSG due to a nagging knee injury.

“It doesn’t make sense and this kind of situation needs to be discussed with FIFA,” said Leonardo, as quoted by Marca.

He pointed out that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner had not been fit enough to play against Bordeaux in PSG’s Ligue 1 match over the weekend, and was also unavailable against RB Leipzig in the Champions League last week. “We don’t agree with letting a player, who isn’t fit to play for us and is in recovery, join up with his national side,” Leonardo said.