Lionel Messi is going to have a relatively quiet next full year amid the lack of activity playing for Inter Miami. The MLS team didn’t make it to the final stages of the tournament and Leo will have a lot of free time in his hands. According to Goal, that time will compensate with his international football activity. The Argentina National Team has two tournaments in 2024 that Messi may get the chance to play. One of the Copa America and the other one is the Summer Olympics that will take place in Paris next year. According to this report, organizers of the event in Paris were the ones who decided to extend Messi an invitation to be part of the tournament. By that time, Leo will already be 37 years old but he is still playing at the highest level with Argentina.
Messi already won Olympic Gold
Back when Leo Messi was still a teenager, he got permission from FC Barcelona to be part of the Argentina squad that traveled to the Summer Olympics in Beijing. During that tournament, he was the star alongside Sergio ‘Kun’ Agero and returned to his club with an Olympic Gold Medal around his neck. The fact is that Messi doesn’t need to make the trip to Paris for the Summer Olympics and he would prioritize the Copa America above the Olympics without question. Amid the Olympic Games rule of allowing three players over 23, Leo would definitely fit the squad and lead it in the tournament. However, there has been no indication he would take on this invitation from the French Olympic Federation.
There is a growing pool of highly skilled young footballers who are under 23, this would be a dream come true for all of them. Getting to play with the biggest legend the sport currently has is not something they would think could be possible. President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Back confirmed he would be thrilled to have Messi in the upcoming Summer Olympics edition. He said: “It would be fantastic if he could be here. For Lionel Messi, it would mean a chance to write history once again. He could be the only player in history to have two gold medals and a World Cup.”