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After his return to the World Cup, Lionel Messi was benched for PSG’s French Cup match

Lionel Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and serves as captain of the Argentina national team. He was born on June 24, 1987. Lionel Messi, widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever, has won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards.

The World Cup-winning captain of Argentina, Messi, will not travel with Paris Saint-Germain for Friday’s French Cup matchup with Chateauroux, a team that has never won a cup before. The 35-year-old, seven-time Ballon d’Or winner just started training again on Wednesday in France after three weeks off to celebrate his career-best World Cup victory.

The forward could play in PSG’s league match against Angers on January 11 at their Parc des Prince’s home, according to coach Christophe Galtier. We want him to rest and spend some time settling in with his family; he won’t play tomorrow (Friday),” Galtier said at a press conference on Thursday.

He stated, “I’ve spoken with him and we hope to work it out so he will be available for the next game.”
Despite the fact that the Argentine played a crucial role in PSG’s victory over France in the World Cup final, Galtier also urged PSG fans to give the Argentine a warm welcome.
Therefore, I expect our fans to rejoice at his return.”

Messi received a guard of honor from his teammates at the club’s training facility on Wednesday.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will also miss Friday’s game because the Brazilian has a twisted ankle and the French striker is on vacation.

Neymar sustained the injury in their opening match against Serbia in Qatar. However, he scored in their last-16 victory over South Korea before their humiliating defeat by Croatia.

Galtier said that going to Chateauroux, which is in the third division, would be a good chance to get rid of some of the squad players.

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