Argentina's forward Lionel Messi congratulates France's forward Kylian Mbappe (R) at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Argentina at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 30, 2018
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Having missed six games, however, the 31-year-old – Argentina’s all-time record goalscorer – has returned with the Copa America in Brazil in sight this summer.
The Copa America holds special significance for Messi, having played in the tournament four times and been a losing finalist on three occasions.
This month’s friendlies are one of the final opportunities that Scaloni will have his squad together to prepare for the Copa America. Argentina play Venezuela at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on March 23 before facing Morocco in Tangiers three days later.
Premier League strikers Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) and Gonzalo Higuain (Chelsea) have been left out of the squad.