FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has reportedly refused to honour a call-up for Argentina's upcoming friendlies, with reports suggesting his international future is in doubt.
The Albiceleste crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the round of 16 after losing 4-3 to eventual winners France. The 31-year-old has not commented on his international future since, and some journalists in Argentina have even claimed that he could even retire.
Messi has now reportedly refused a call-up from Argentina's interim coach Lionel Scaloni for the team's upcoming friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia in September, and will not play any game for the Albiceleste until the end of the year.
"It's very personal, Leo must take his time to think about it," Carlos Tevez said, as quoted by AFP.
"It's understandable... even if he doesn't come back. When the international side play, rightly or wrongly, we criticise him.
"It's bad for the team and for him... I understand because I've been in that situation."
Tevez and Messi will face each other in a friendly between FC Barcelona and Boca Juniors on Wednesday evening.
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