Lionel Messi and Di Maria Set to Reprise 2022 World Cup Heroics at 2024 Olympic Games

Messi and Di Maria set to reprise 2022 World Cup heroics at 2024 Olympics | Imago

Lionel Messi and Di Maria Set to Reprise 2022 World Cup Heroics at 2024 Olympic Games

10:15 - 14.02.2024

The legendary Argentine pair have been invited to partake in the 2024 Olympic games by former teammate Javier Mascherano, who now manages the Albiceleste's U23 side

In an exciting turn of events, football fans around the globe might witness Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria teaming up once again for Argentina, this time at the Paris Olympic Games in 2024. 

The prospect of rekindling their World Cup-winning chemistry on such a grand stage has sparked anticipation, especially with the possibility of a thrilling rematch against France’s captain, Kylian Mbappé.

Mascherano invites Messi and Di Maria after sealing Olympic qualification

Argentina's U-23 team clinched their place in the Olympic tournament following a narrow 1-0 victory against Brazil, a team that has twice taken gold in the event. This win sets the stage for what could be a spectacular showcase of football talent in Paris, a city that is no stranger to hosting Messi and Di Maria during their spells with PSG.

Javier Mascherano, the former Liverpool and Barcelona star who now manages Argentina's youth team, has expressed his keen interest in bringing the veteran duo to the Olympics. His personal relationship with Messi and Di Maria could play a pivotal role in their decision to participate. "The invitation clearly stands,” Mascherano remarked, highlighting the unique opportunity for these overage players to contribute their immense experience and skill to the squad.

 A Flashback to Beijing 2008

Messi and Di Maria have previously tasted Olympic glory together, having won the tournament back in 2008 in Beijing. Their potential return to the Olympic stage after sixteen years would not only be a nostalgic moment for them but also an opportunity to add yet another accolade to their illustrious careers. 

Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria at the Olympics in 2008 | Imago
Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria at the Olympics in 2008 | Imago

However, Di Maria has signaled his intent to retire from international football after the 2024 Copa America, adding an intriguing subplot to the narrative.

 Club Commitments and Challenges

One of the major hurdles to their participation is the fact that the Olympics football tournament is not included in the FIFA calendar. 

This discrepancy means that Messi and Di Maria's respective clubs, Inter Miami and SL Benfica, have the final say on whether they can join the Argentine squad for the Games. Mascherano acknowledged this challenge, stating, "They earn the right to decide what’s best for them,” yet remained hopeful about extending the invitation.

 A Potential Olympic Showdown

The possibility of Messi and Di Maria playing in the Olympics adds an extra layer of excitement to the Paris Games, especially with the football final set to take place at PSG’s Parc des Princes. 

The prospect of a World Cup final rematch, featuring Mbappé against his former PSG teammates, is a tantalizing one for football fans worldwide. As preparations for the Olympic Games continue, all eyes will be on whether these football legends will grace the tournament with their presence, adding to their already storied careers.

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