Argentina keeps defending champion Brazil away from the Olympic Games, can Messi be convinced to go to Paris?


Brazil, which won the past two Olympic titles in men’s football, has not been able to qualify for next summer’s Olympic Games in the French capital Paris. The Brazilians needed a draw against Argentina, but lost 1-0.

The Brazilian promises lost a qualifying match against the promises of reigning world champion Argentina 1-0 in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Sunday, after a goal by Luciano Gondou.

Argentina takes part in the Olympic football tournament, which it won in 2004 and 2008.

The Olympic football tournament is reserved for players under the age of 23, but each country may select three players who are older. Naturally, 36-year-old Lionel Messi is being looked at as one of those dispensation players. He already won Olympic gold in 2008.

Messi has announced that he wants to participate with Argentina in the Copa America, which takes place from June 20 to July 14, less than two weeks before the Olympic Games in Paris. The combination would be tough.

Argentinian promise coach Javier Mascherano would be happy to welcome Messi to the Olympic selection.

“Everyone knows my relationship with Leo… and the doors are open for him to join us,” said coach Javier Mascherano, a former teammate of Messi at Argentina. “The choice is his.”

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