Messi Will Not Participate At Rio Olympics, Claims Argentina Coach

BUENOS AIRES: Lionel Messi will not chase a 2nd Olympic football gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in the month of August, Argentina coach Gerardo Martino stated on the day of Monday.

Martino further added he did not need the Barcelona forward, who will captain Argentina at the Centennial Copa America in the USA in the month of June, to suffer burnout after making a demand of season.

He can take 3 over-age players in his under-23 squad to the Rio Games but Messi, who assisted Argentina win their 2nd Olympic football title in the state Beijing in the year 2008, will not be one of them.

 

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