Messi to miss Argentina’s friendly against Nigeria 


Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s friendly against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi

He will instead return to Barcelona.

The skipper played the full 90 minutes of Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Russia on Saturday, playing a role in Sergio Aguero’s late winner in Moscow.

Messi’s departure from the Argentina camp is not related to injury.

Speaking to TyC Sports after the match, he called on his team-mates to continue working hard ahead of next year’s World Cup. He said: “It’s complicated, we always said that.

“The reality is that there is not much time and that’s why we have to make the most of it when we’re together.

“The second half was tough. They pushed up and went looking for us. We have to keep going to strengthen what we have been doing, reinforcing the system the coach wants.”