Why isn't Lionel Messi at Euro 2024?

 Why isn't Lionel Messi at Euro 2024? Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina looks on during the second half in the game against Ecuador at Soldier Field on June 09, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
There's a good reason why Lionel Messi won't be at Euro 2024 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Now look. We’re not judging you for landing here. Geography is not everybody’s strong suit, after all; a friend of mine at college, who got all As on her A-levels, thought that Florida was in California and that Argentina was adjacent to Spain.

If it were, then Lionel Messi may well be appearing at Euro 2024, but it’s not: it’s all the way down in South America, tucked away between Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay. That renders them ineligible to compete at the Euros.

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Steven Chicken

Steven Chicken has been working as a football writer since 2009, taking in stints with Football365 and the Huddersfield Examiner. Steven still covers Huddersfield Town home and away for his own publication, WeAreTerriers.com. Steven is a two-time nominee for Regional Journalist of the Year at the prestigious British Sports Journalism Awards, making the shortlist in 2020 and 2023.