Messi joins Argentina’s World Cup training camp

Lionel Messi has linked up with Argentina at a pre-World Cup training camp in Buenos Aires.

Messi fired Barcelona to a domestic double in the 2017-18 season, his 34 La Liga goals earning him a record fifth European Golden Shoe.

The Argentina captain has now joined his international team-mates as Jorge Sampaoli’s men build towards the World Cup in Russia.

Messi’s side face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D, hoping to go one step further than their loss to Germany in the 2014 final.

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They will do so without Mauro Icardi, however, as the Inter forward was controversially left out of the Albiceleste squad by Sampaoli.

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Icardi scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A games throughout 2017-18 but was overlooked by his national manager in favour of Messi, Sergio Aguero, and Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain.

Paulo Dybala was also named in the 23-man squad after scoring 22 league goals for Juve.

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