Genetics expert reckons he can clone Barcelona star Lionel Messi

Tanya Simon
March 22, 2019

But Menotti, who coached Argentina to World Cup success in 1978 and is now the country's director of national teams, is anxious about Messi's wellbeing.

Messi last featured for national team at the 2018 World Cup, where the side were knocked out at the round of 16 stage by eventual winners.

"I'm afraid that Messi plays", he told FM 94.7.

He explained: "I'm not the one who signed Scaloni".

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Capello weighed in on Cristiano Ronaldo's tremendous hattrick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League that allowed Juventus to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit, but refused to put him in the same cader as Lionel Messi.

Scaloni said that Messi would line up alongside Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez and Atlanta United's Gonzalo Martinez in attack as he revealed his full starting team. Messi is not who he is only because of genetics, but also for everything he has lived through, his education, his life in La Masia, the treatment he received.

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"We've played different systems and we're going to do it in the same way, added to his great quality", Scaloni added. I see him very exhausted. We want them to realize that they are great players and that they need to step up so Argentina can return to the level that it once had in the past.

"Let's hope that with Messi's return the team gets even better".

Mauro Icardi has been included on several occasions by Scaloni, but was omitted from this squad - the final call-up prior to the Copa America - due to his dispute with Inter.

Lionel Messi is expected to feature for Argentina against Venezuela on Thursday despite concerns over his fitness.

The Albiceleste will face Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar in Group B of the Copa America, which is hosted by Brazil.

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