Messi Sad To Miss Olympics

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Messi hits out at critics

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has stated he would have loved to play in the Olympics.

Gerardo Martino opted against picking the Barcelona star for both the Copa and the Rio event.

But Messi, who is on the cusp of another La Liga title heading into the final round of the season, has still conceded he is disappointed not be involved for the campaign in Rio de Janeiro.

“I would have liked to go because it was a spectacular experience for me to play in the [2008] Olympics, just as it was for the [2005] Under-20 World Cup,” Messi told ESPN.

“Not just because we won, but for the experience I gained.

“It was a great experience to stay in the Olympic Village and meet other elite athletes from other sports and to be just another athlete among them.

“That was very spectacular even though we didn’t spend a lot of time in the village.

“The World Cup is great but the Olympics are something special.”

Argentina – runners-up to Chile at last year’s Copa America – will now have a fully-focused Messi at their disposal as they bid to win the competition for the first time since 1993.

The 14-time champions – drawn in Group D – will face defending champions Chile in a rematch of the 2015 final on June 6 in the United States, followed by games against Panama and Bolivia.

“It is a new Copa, different. Very nice in the United States and very different from what I have played before because of the people, the stadiums,” Messi said.

“That will make it different and for us, a new chance.”



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