Rio 2016 Olympics: No Lionel Messi in Argentina squad for Rio

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Argentina educate Gerardo Martino on Thursday named a part of his squad for the Rio Olympics but superstar Lionel Messi turned into no longer protected after being selected for the Copa the us as an alternative.
the entire listing of 22 will be discovered inside the coming days but not before Sunday’s final of the Copa, wherein Argentina take on holders Chile.
Messi’s exclusion became expected. He won gold on the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but Martino had already decided that the Barcelona celebrity might no longer compete at both the Copa and the Olympics in August.
nine gamers have been named inside the squad on Thursday.
They have been Giovani Lo Celso (Rosario principal), Geronimo Rulli (real Sociedad), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Emmanuel Mammana (River Plate), Jonathan Silva (Boca Juniors), José Luis Gomez (Lanus), Mauricio Martinez (Union), Leandro Paredes (Empoli) and Cristian Espinoza (Huracan).
Argentina were Olympic champions in 2004 and 2008 and could be favourites in Rio.
they may be in group D of the opposition along with Portugal, Algeria and Honduras.