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Messi Among Eight Stars Snubbed For Argentina Squad

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was among some of the big stars to be left out Argentina's latest squad for next month's international friendlies.

Click through the gallery to see the biggest omission's from the Argentina squad.

Lionel Scaloni takes charge of the team on an interim basis after Jorge Sampaoli was sacked following a disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign.

Messi along with Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Nicolas Otamendi, Ever Banega and Marcos Rojo were all left out.

Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi received a rare call-up, while Diego Simeone's son, Giovanni, also received his maiden invite to the national side.

Argentina will lock horns with Guatemala and Colombia in the United States next month.

Full Squad:
 
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad), Sergio Romero (Manchester United).
 
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Fabricio Bustos (Independiente), Alan Franco (Independiente), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Walter Kannemann (Gremio), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Leonel Di Placido (Lanus).
 
Midfielders: Santiago Ascacibar (Stuttgart), Leandro Paredes (Zenit), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting Lisbon), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Giovani Lo Celso (PSG), Gonzalo Martinez (River Plate), Franco Cervi (Benfica), Franco Vazquez (Sevilla), Matias Vargas (Velez), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate).
 
Forwards: Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), Giovanni Simeone (Fiorentina), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid).

 

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