Messi return


His return to the national team

22/03/2019 v Venezuela (Madrid, Spain)

26/03/2019 v Morocco (Tangiers, Morocco)

Last game played: 30/6/2018

4-3 defeat by France (2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™)

On 22 March, the date of Argentina’s friendly against Venezuela in Madrid, 265 days will have passed since Messi’s last international appearance. That will be the longest he has gone without representing La Albiceleste since his debut.

Last goal: 26/6/2018

Against Nigeria (Russia 2018)

He is Argentina's all-time leading goalscorer with 65 goals in 128 matches.


Messi against Venezuela 🇻🇪

La Pulga has scored against La Vinotino four times in seven games (six competitive fixtures and one friendly). Were he to add one more to that tally, Venezuela would become the team against whom he has scored the most goals in the colours of Argentina.

Messi in Spain 🇪🇸

While playing for Argentina, Messi has scored three times on Spanish soil: once against Spain in Madrid and twice against Algeria in Barcelona.

A first time for everything...

Messi has never played against Morocco, although this will be the third time he has played in Tangiers: with Barça, he participated in an 8-0 friendly win over Raja Casablanca, as well as the club’s 2-1 Spanish Super Cup triumph over Sevilla in 2018.


Of the 30 players called up for the two friendlies, only eight were Messi’s team-mates during Russia 2018.

What happened at the World Cup was a huge blow for all of us, but especially for Leo. But he is happy now and wants to try again.

Lionel Scaloni, Argentina coach

Will he win a major international tournament with the senior team?

Upcoming challenges 👇🏼

  • Copa America Brazil 2019 (14 June to 7 July)
  • South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022