Messi to start Venezuela friendly on Argentina return

Messi returns but Argentina lose 3-1 to Venezuela

Messi took a sabbatical after his country's early departure from last year's finals in Russian Federation, but he returned with a clean shaven new look to captain the side in the all-South American affair at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

The real Messi joined Barcelona as a tiny 13-year-old from Argentina's Newell's Old Boys. I have to try to have the team accompany him and ensure he has the best of himself.

"We're very happy", Musso told reporters.

Messi is back in the Argentina squad for the first time since the World Cup, but Menotti cast doubt on whether the Barcelona forward, in red-hot form this season, would make his return during the worldwide break despite head coach Lionel Scaloni's insistence he would win his 129th cap.

Messi has missed six friendlies since the tournament in Russian Federation but many believe he will be an essential part of the team that travels to Brazil for the Copa America, which kicks off June 14. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

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"We only want all of his team-mates to know that they are great players too and it's also for them to make a step forward, not just Messi". "We need them to give something extra so we can be a great team".

Ahead of the Venezuela match, Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni praised Messi upon his return to global duty.

The news that Messi would be involved for the game at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano ground pleased Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel.

"For us to take on Argentina is a good way to see how we stack up".

"Having the best player in the world on the field increases the expectations about this match", Dudamel said. "The return of Lionel Messi makes the demands on us extremely high".

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