Will Lionel Messi play Copa America 2024? Latest on World Cup winner’s plans for USA tournament with Argentina

Argentina head to the USA for the 2024 Copa America as the current holders of the trophy and world champions following their triumph in Qatar at the end of 2022.

A double title win for Lionel Messi ended years of frustration for both him and the long-suffering Argentina fans, as they won a first Copa America title since 1993, and a first World Cup since 1986.

Both trophies secured a milestone for Messi, as he finally matched Diego Maradona’s world title from 1986, with the former Barcelona star producing a sensational showing en route to glory in Qatar.

Despite moving to Inter Miami in July 2023, Messi has remained committed to his role as Argentina captain, as he prepares to turn 37 during the tournament.

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Will Lionel Messi play at Copa America 2024?

Messi has remained a firm part of Lionel Scaloni’s plans in 2023, with five appearances in their six FIFA 2026 World Cup qualification matches, prior to the MLS winter break in the United States.

His current contract at Inter Miami runs until December 2025, and he will return for pre-season in Florida at the end of January, ahead of the 2024 MLS season.

If Messi remains fit and injury free, he is certain to lead Argentina at the tournament, with Inter Miami showing flexibility and allowing him to continue his national team career while at the club.

Has Lionel Messi won the Copa America?

The 2021 Copa America final was a battle between the two superpowers of CONMEBOL football in Rio de Janeiro, 

Messi and Argentina reached the knockout stages after progressing unbeaten through their group and beating Ecuador and Colombia in the next phase.

Despite Angel Di Maria netting the winner in the 1-0 final victory over Brazil, the Argentina players surrounded Messi at the full time whistle, as he sealed a first-ever Copa America title in his sixth attempt.

Lionel Messi’s Copa America record

Six Copa America tournaments have seen Messi rack up 34 appearances and 13 goals, including the Golden Boot award in 2021.

He is level with Chile’s Sergio Livingstone with the most appearances (34) in the competition and four behind Norberto Mendez and Zizinho (17) as the tournament’s top ever goalscorer.

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