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Lionel Scaloni reveals why Lionel Messi started on the bench in Argentina's game against Uruguay

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi started on the bench in Argentina's 2022 World Cup qualifier against Uruguay
Lionel Messi started on the bench in Argentina's 2022 World Cup qualifier against Uruguay / Pool/GettyImages
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Paris Saint-Germain recently found themselves in a source of controversy after their sporting director, Leonardo expressed his displeasure over Argentina calling up their star player, Lionel Messi - despite the player currently recovering from an injury.

Messi had missed the last two PSG matches before the international break due to injury, yet he immediately joined up with Lionel Scaloni's charges once the break began and this did not go down well with the management of the French club.

While Argentina head coach, Lionel Scaloni called up him, he only introduced him in the 76th minute of their FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier against Uruguay, with it being the first time in five years that Messi began an international match from the bench.

"We decided that he shouldn't play because he came from a period of inactivity. Going into the second half we needed him to pick up pace ahead of Brazil," Scaloni said after the game.

The 34-year-old is expected to start in their highly anticipated clash against Brazil, though PSG will hope to have their star player back to full fitness once he returns from the international break and show the form which has made him in many eyes to be the greatest player in the history of the sport.

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