Messi to skip Argentina friendlies

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Boca Juniors are the visitors and they'll be coming up against a true legend of Argentine football in Lionel Messi on their sixth visit to Barcelona .

On Tuesday, it was reported that the 31-year-old had turned down his latest global call-up, a decision many believe is down to the team's disappointing 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.

Messi, 30, picked up his 33rd major title with FC Barcelona on Sunday but has failed to win a single trophy with the senior national team.

And he didn't confirm when he will play again for the national team or if he intends to come back for the 2019 Copa America.

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Messi's mother, Celia Cutticini, said during the World Cup that Messi has been deeply affected by criticism of his performances with Argentina, and former Barcelona forward Hristo Stoichkov also believes Messi has been unfairly treated by some fans and media. "I think we should all leave him to make his own mind and make the decision that will make him happy". Watching him play and going up against him is very nice. "If that were the case, I would be the coach of Argentina because I'm Lionel's friend".

The 5-time Ballon d'Or Winner has not yet won an global trophy, and will get a chance to do so next year in the 2019 Copa America tournament. "You have to know what model you want and if you want to depend on Messi or on 22 players". "That is why Argentine football has to have a structure and I'm not convinced of what project [Tapia] wants to carry out".

Lionel Scaloni has been in temporary charge of Argentina since Jorge Sampaoli left after their disastrous World Cup tournament in Russian Federation, where they were beaten 4-3 in the last 16 by France after an embarrassing 3-0 group-stage loss to Croatia.

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