Interim coach Lionel Scaloni hopes to convince five time ballon d ‘or winner Lionel Messi not to ditch football at international level yet.
After another disappointing World cup outing at the russia 2018 tournament, the Argentine team was undone in a reshuffle by interim manager Lionel Scaloni who replaced Jorge Sampaoli.
The reshuffle saw Argentina feature a rather younger side at the international break so far with the manager looking to build the team for the future rather than just momentary Success.
However the reshuffle seemingly doesn’t involve Lionel Messi, as the manager still sees the five time ballon d’or Barcelona player as an asset to the team.
Lionel Messi is currently weighing his options on whether to prolong his international career or simply retire and focus on his club path after fruitless years with the country side.
Interim Coach Lionel Scaloni has however made it clear the No 10 shirt will always be reserved for the football maestro as he looks to convince the player to continue playing at international level.
“There is only one answer for your question: every player who was in the World Cup kept his number, the ones who came here.”
“In this time, the 10 shirt belongs to Messi and it will stay this way until he decides if he will continue with us or not.”
“We aren’t closed to that chance so I chose to keep this number for him. In the future we will see, but if you look at the players who played the World Cup you will see they kept their numbers, and we wait for the future to see what happens, but so far no one is using the 10 because it is exclusive for him and that is my decision. There is nothing else” about this.
“It is obvious that when the best player of the world [Lionel Messi] is not in the pitch playing with Argentina, the team loses, there is no doubt about it,” Scaloni added.
“But our idea is to assemble a team in case he is with us again so he feels comfortable with us, nothing else. In the mean time we make a team, we call a group of guys who understand what implies to play with these colours, then in the future we will see what happens.”
The Argentines however future remains unclear after not making himself available for the international friendlies.