Lionel Messi trains with the team, rumored to start for Argentina


Lionel Messi trained with the Argentina national team today as he is rumored to be in the starting eleven.

Messi, who trained separately from the team on Monday, trained with them on Tuesday and is rumored to be starting. While he might not play the entire 90 minutes, he could be starting the World Cup qualifying match o Friday.

Argentina national team coach held a training on Tuesday and Leandro Paredes is a doubt with Guido Rodriguez likely to start in his place. Here is the rumored eleven:

Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Marcos Acuña; Rodrigo de Paul, Guido Rodríguez or Leandro Paredes, Giovani Lo Celso; Angel Di María, Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martínez.


  1. Messi is able to fully train with the rest of the squad for the last 2 days. If a player is able to complete all training sessions then he is fine.

    Messi is rumored to start now which is good news. As much as we would like to see Dybala replacing him but I’d rather go a safer route: Start Messi and get the 3 points and gain momentum.

    Uruguay is not Bolivia or Venezuela especially they play at home and they badly need 3 points.

    The probable starting line up (from TYC based on the last training):
    Emi Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; Guido/Paredes, Lo Celso, De Paul; Messi, Di Maria, Lautaro.

    Here is a great video I found about Argentina in the Maracaná. It is in Spanish and has no captions for English but even if you don’t speak Spanish I would recommend watching it because it has great footage from the game from some angles I haven’t seen before 🙂

  3. I believe that Messi will be there in bench versus Uruguay. But will get the rhythm for 30-45 minutes to get ready for the match versus Brazil. And I hope Dybala will get the chance to play versus Uruguay until Messi replace Dybala or someone so they can play together to get the chemistry. 😁

    Vamos Argentina!

    God bless you all….

  4. I just hope he is 100% fit to play, if he is then we’re good I honestly doubt he is.

    Shaka Hislop, a former player and an analyst on ESPN for what seems forever and I have never seen him say anything positive about Messi or ARG that goes back more than 10 years until now.

    For the sake of not getting my post deleted, ESPN page and scroll down to the video titled
    ‘Who has best chance to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup?’

    • F ESPN. They have hated on Argentina for a good decade now. They have that hater Moreno on ESPN also, who was never good at playing, has no idea what he’s talking about, and can’t speak well in English or Spanish…. And yet speaks down on Messi any chance he gets. Screw them.

    • You guys take pundits way too seriously, I listen to ESPN from time to time not for their great insight but because seeing them change their opinions on a daily basis and argue amongst themselves makes for some decent entertainment. If you want to obtain some insight into the game you’ll just have to watch some football and maybe certain channels like Robana TV.
      The ESPN crew don’t hate Argentina or Messi, infact Hislop considers Maradona to be the best player of all time, Nicol and Laurens consider Messi to be the best of all time, and don’t forget that Zabaleta is now working for ESPN. As for Moreno, well he holds Argentina in very high regard and recognizes that they are, along with Brazil, SA’s superpower.
      With all that being said, I don’t consider Argentina favorites and neither does Messi himself, not to mention that the favorites title never done anybody any ‘ahem’ favors. All I know right now is that Argentina is looking good, Scaloni has done a fine job assembling a tightly knit, stable, cohesive unit who is making it’s way through the traitorous WCQs, and that’s all one can hope for a year before the WC. We don’t want repeat performances during the 2010 and 2018 WCQs where Argentina barely made it, nor do we want another 2002 where the team was a heavy favorite only to realize that they peaked way too early.

    • I wanted messi not to be fit to be honest I want dybala to think most Argentine fans would love to see dybala play. Is Dominguez injury serious he was substituted in his last game

  5. Messi will not rest and never want to stay benched at N/T; as long he was called up. Always will be the part of the team. He is no longer a Barca regular player, settled all the club performance and achievement.

    I would be happy to see if the one of the youngster get a chance to play. Maybe Matias Souale.

    • this is disappointing… Messi should be fully rested for the Brazil match… Dybala is very much capable of playing the #10 role, he does it for Juventus and is the captain.

    • Cmon its time to sclaoni to make it work of dybala+messi we never had enough with riqulme+messi now time running out of dybala+messi
      Its mot impossible a good manager can make this, and scaloni is one of them.

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