The captain of the Argentina football team, Lionel Messi, trained separately from his team, three days before the first match of that selection at the World Cup in Qatar.
Messi did not do the last training session with his teammates either, but he trained separately in the gym.
Today, he arrived on the field at Qatar University, Argentina’s base camp during the World Cup, ten minutes after his teammates. He only warmed up, occasionally touching the ball.
During the 15 minutes open to the press, the seven-time winner of the Ballon d’Or did not join the other Argentine players, which fueled the suspicion that the captain of the “Gauchos” has health problems.
A senior communications manager told AFP he would “join them later” and had “nothing” to say about Messi’s health.
We will see on Tuesday whether Messi will run on the field against Saudi Arabia in the first-round match at the World Cup, and there is no doubt that a possible injury to the diminutive “wizard” would be a big handicap for Argentina.
Argentina will play against Poland and Mexico during the group stage, in addition to Saudi Arabia.