The Lionel Messi camp has refuted claims that the PSG star requested to miss games in early November so he could focus on getting ready for the World Cup.
The Argentine has been in outstanding form this season as he drives PSG’s goals while also preparing to compete in his final World Cup. Messi, whose greatest performance was a runners-up medal in 2014, hopes to build on his nation’s Copa America title by winning in Qatar the following month.
Leagues all around the world have been forced to take a break so that the World Cup can take place, which has posed its own challenges.
The match between PSG and Auxerre is scheduled for November 13 in Paris, and there have been rumours that Messi has asked to miss the game.
The 35-year-old was believed to be released from his contract due to a clause, allowing him to begin training with his nation on November 7. That has subsequently been denied, as RMC Sport originally reported. With players like N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba certain to miss the World Cup, several players have already had their World Cup hopes crushed.
Although he has rejected a deal that would have allowed him to miss PSG’s final game before the World Cup, Messi will want to avoid that situation himself. The Parisian team already leads Ligue 1 by five points and has not yet.