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Scaloni revealed what should happen for Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María to play in the 2026 World Cup: "It will be their decision..."


The world champion coach, who will renew his relationship with the Argentine National Team before the FIFA date in March, was in Italy for a coaching course.

The popular clamor that began with the title in Qatar 2022 persists: the fans of the Argentine National Team want two historical figures such as

Lionel Messi


Ángel Di María

to extend their continuity until the 2026 World Cup, where the Albiceleste must defend the third star.

Both "Flea" and "Fideo" clarified in different interviews that, in principle, the 2024 Copa América could be their final point with the national jersey, but this Monday, coach Lionel Scaloni referred to the situation and revealed



happen for them to continue


"Being in the next World Cup will be Leo's decision,

if his body can take it for me, he will be there

," declared the coach who will renew his contractual relationship with AFA before the next FIFA date in March, where he would debut the title of world champion against




, as announced by


a week ago.

"What I said about Messi is valid for Ángel Di María (Juventus Turin), as long as his body endures he will always be summoned"

, completed Scaloni, who spoke in the city of Coverciano (north of Florence), where he attended as a speaker in the course of update for Italian coaches that gave way to the "Panchina d'Oro" (Golden Bench) gala, which awarded the Italian

Stefano Pioli

, DT of Milan, as the best coach of last season.

Obviously, there was time to reflect, once again, on the title that the Argentine National Team won in Arab lands, which this weekend marked two months.

"Behind our title (World Cup Qatar 2022) there was a communion of intentions between the fans, the staff and the players, something emotional that made the sense of belonging to this unique shirt even stronger," he explained


"Then, having a player like Messi was, and is, obviously, an advantage. As a former teammate, training him is beautiful, I see how the other players look at him and follow him, he's the best," he concluded


Because of the place where he was, the biggest questions were aimed at the Argentine soccer players who play in the Italian Serie A.

"Lautaro Martínez plays in a great team (Inter Milan) of which he is now also captain and is leading it. He was always my favorite striker, he came to the World Cup with some problems but when we needed him he was always there", he assured about the 'Bull'


Photo: EFE/ Cati Cladera

He did not call up

Giovanni Simeone

(Napoli), although he acknowledged that he was highly regarded:

"He has always been on our list, the thing is that Argentina has many forwards, but I esteem him"


Nico González

(Fiorentina) was going to be called up, but an untimely injury forced him to replace him from the final list, a few days before his debut in Qatar 2022. "It

was hard for him, but also for us not being able to count on him because when he is at 100% he is a player who always makes a difference"

, he pointed out.

In addition, he valued Napoli's great season that is heading towards the 'Scudetto':

"It's a team that I really like, with a great coach who makes the difference, plays each game differently. I really like how they set up the games and that's why they're up there, I hope they win the championship

. "

Former player of Lazio and Atalanta, Scaloni wished both teams to achieve the goal of entering European positions at the end of the season, in a fight that they remain strong with Milan and Paulo Dybala's Roma.

"My wish is that both (Lazio and Atalanta) can reach the goal, I love them both: both Lazio with Sarri and Atalanta with Gasperini have their own idea of ​​the game," he closed


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Source: clarin

All news articles on 2023-02-20

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