Lionel Messi called up by Argentina despite missing last four Inter Miami matches

Lionel Messi in action for Argentina against Mexico at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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Lionel Messi has been named in the Argentina squad for the World Cup 2026 qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru – despite missing Inter Miami's last four matches through injury.

Messi's mystery injury has seen the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner unable to feature in the last four matches for the MLS side and he has been out for five of the last six in total.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.