Lionel Messi is set to go on a break from Argentina games for the rest of this year.
After a difficult World Cup where he scored one goal and Argentina were eliminated at the round of 16 by eventual winners France, Messi is believed to be taking time off from international duty.
Argentina, now being coached by interim boss by Lionel Scaloni, have games against Guatemala in Los Angeles on September 7, Colombia in New York on September 11 before they play a friendly with Brazil in October.
Carlos Tevez, a former Argentina teammate of Messi’s before he retired from international football, says he’d understand if the 31-year old focused purely on his Barcelona career.
“I would understand if Messi did not return to the national team, when you give everything and they criticize you it is bad for the group and for him,” he is quoted as telling reporters.
“I understand it because I was on that side. It’s very personal, Leo has to take the time to think. It is always nice to meet again with Messi, we both had a very nice stage in the national team.”