Venezuela beats Argentina 3-1 to spoil Messi’s return

Genetics expert reckons he can clone Barcelona star Lionel Messi

A former Argentine World Cup victor has weighed on the debate about who is the country's greatest player between Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. "This match helped us to see how [the others] played alongside Messi", Argentina manager, Luis Scaloni, told reporters after the game.

Messi missed six matches during a self-imposed post-World Cup exile from the national team before making his comeback at the Wanda Metropolitano, but goals from Salomon Rondon and Jhon Murillo saw Argentina trailing 2-0 at half-time.

Lautaro Martinez pulled a goal back for Argentina, but Josef Martinez added Venezuela's third with a penalty.

"We would achieve a being very similar to Messi, the result would look like Messi's twin, as if two twins had been born and we had frozen one of them for 20 or 30 years".

Messi took a sabbatical after his country's last-16 exit from the 2018 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 Metropolitano stadium.

But he will feature from the start in Friday's friendly in Madrid as Argentina step up their preparations for the Copa América, which gets under way in less than three months.

Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Argentina's friendly against Morocco on Tuesday after suffering a groin injury in the 3-1 loss to Venezuela.

"In the first half we created chances but they scored twice when we made mistakes", Martinez said. "We need to keep improving".

"If he wants to play with Argentina, better". "Everything has been politicized and I am the coach for the whole country".

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