Argentina’s Scaloni in no rush to plan for Messi retirement

Lionel Scaloni

When asked if Lionel Messi will be available for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Peru, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said it is too soon to begin preparing for life without the captain.

Messi, who stated he would retire before the 2026 World Cup, was chosen for the team despite having a muscular issue that prevented him from playing for Inter Miami’s club team.

The 36-year-old attacker almost scored when he entered the game during Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Paraguay on Thursday. He rattled the crossbar with a free kick in stoppage time.

Before the game in Lima, Scaloni assured the media that Leo was well. He has been extending his workouts by minutes. The choice will be made tomorrow. How much he can play depends on how many minutes there are. He’ll play if he’s healthy, in my opinion.

“We always want to play players at or near 100%. There may be a change in the game versus Paraguay because it is now very tough for everyone to perform at their best in these games.

“I believe that the team plays with a focused attitude, and that is what matters most,” said the player. We discovered recently that we can play effectively without Messi.

Scaloni replied when asked if Argentina should get used to playing without their star, “Let’s remember that he is still here. What a wonderful approach to consider “when he is gone.”

“The truth is that he is still active, let’s leave him alone, are we already retiring him?”

With nine points after three games, Argentina is in first place in the CONMEBOL rankings, two points ahead of Brazil.

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