Messi Called to Play for the Albiceleste, Despite Rumors That He Might Take Time Off

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Lionel Messi made his Argentina debut exactly a decade ago today, in a friendly match against Hungary. He lasted no more than 40 seconds before being expelled. Since then, the legend has gone on to score 46 goals in 103 games, none of which has led to a major international title with the Albiceleste.

Today, on the 10th anniversary of his debut, he’s been called upon by Tata Martino as a part of the 24-man squad set to compete in the U.S. next month. The news comes amidst speculation that he might take time off after post-Copa América criticism.

Argentina will play Bolivia at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on September 4, before going up against Mexico at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on September 8.