Lionel Messi has achieved everything there is to achieve on a club-football level. The Barcelona FC star has not only brought his club to the fore on innumerable occasions but also has made a name for himself, in doing so, as arguably the best player in the game in our generation. His greatness at Camp Nou is rock solid and unquestionable.
However, the only stain, and a big one at that, on Messi's illustrious career is that of the lack of success on the international level for his country of Argentina. After losing in the Copa America final for four years, the last being in 2016 which also led to him officially retire from the international scenario out of the sheer exasperation, the Argentinian faced his latest disappointment during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in which his side was eliminated by France, who went on to win the tournament, in the Round of 16.
The World Cup loss last year left a real scar on Messi who went AWOL on the team and has been on sabbatical ever since.
What irks the supporters of Messi's national team is the fact that he showed no interest in returning until the current President of the Argentine Football Association, Claudio Tapia dropped an easter egg of sorts, on the legend's return in the blue and white.
While the star himself has not officially made a statement on playing the 2019 Copa America in June but Team Argentina's interim coach, Lionel Scaloni believes that Messi will come out of this self-inflicted banishment in as early as March.
"We will speak with Leo in the days before the March list. When the time is right we will speak," Scaloni told the local reporters as reported by The Times Of India. "I hope he can be here but more than that, we want him to be happy. I have a good feeling."
Lionel Messi will be touching 32 years of age by the time Copa America commences. That's a lot of miles put on Leo's legs. With age catching up on him like it does to every other athlete, Messi realises that he needs to take care of his body and choose his games carefully.