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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The Paris Saint-Germain have expressed displeasure with the decision of the Argentina soccer team to call the injured Lionel Messi on its roster for two World Cup Qualifying matches.
PSG sporting director Leonardo Araujo said it does not make sense why Argentina wanted to put Messi on its lineup when he cannot play due to knee and hamstring injuries.
“We don’t agree with letting a player, who isn’t fit to play for us and is in recovery, join up with his national side,” Araujo said.
“It doesn’t make sense and this kind of situation needs to be discussed with FIFA,” Araujo added.
Messi was called up for Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay (Nov. 12) and Brazil (Nov. 16).
Earlier, after a long wait, Messi and Kylian Mbappe finally showed their wares in a 3-2 PSG home win vs. RB Leipzig last October 19.
Messi who has been playing lethargic as of late scored two goals to carry his team to victory in a Champions League thriller.
Mbappe for his part scored the other goal in their win.
The win allowed PSG to stay on top of Group A with seven points from three games, one point ahead of Manchester City, who demolished Club Brugge 5-1 away earlier.
Leipzig have no points.
In signing his PSG contract, Messi is expected to earn between €30-35 million ($35-41m) net a year.
PSG was able to contact Messi on August 4 after his supposed five-year contract with Barca fell due to economic problems.
Now that Messi is a PSG player, it would increase the likelihood of Mbappe, who is out of contract next summer, signing a new long-term deal with the club.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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