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“I have to invite them”: what if Messi and Di Maria participated in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris?

Argentina, facing arch-rivals Brazil, has bid to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The two countries’ up-and-coming teams faced each other in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sunday night during a pre-Olympic tournament. The victory was won by the Argentina U23 team led by Javier Mascherano (1:0, goal by Luciano Gondu). Brazil, gold medalists at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021, will not travel to Paris.

Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria could move there. “Everyone knows my relationship with Leo, the friendship that unites me with him,” said Javier Mascherano. The door is open for a player like him to join us, then obviously it will depend on him and his commitment. » If hopeful qualifying countries compete at the Olympics, three players over 23 years of age from each country will be eligible to compete. The Argentine coach would like to bring in another former Parisian in addition to Lionel Messi.

Angel Di Maria announced his retirement from the national team at the end of the 2024 Copa America, which will take place shortly before the Games (from June 20 to July 16).

But Javier Mascherano would like to make him his figurehead with the eight-time Ballon d’Or: “They have the right to decide what they want, but obviously we will try to invite them and we will see. I have to invite them. »

In recent weeks, the Argentine press has reported interest from two former Paris Saint-Germain players. It would be a beautiful story as Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria were present during Argentina’s last Olympic title in 2008 in Beijing. The latter also scored the only goal in the final against Nigeria.

Source: Le Parisien

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