Lionel Messi and Neymar could represent their countries at Euro 2020 as controversial plans regarding a change in format of the competition are discussed by advisers to UEFA president Michel Platini.

According to The Independent, the European Championships could be revamped to allow nations from other continents to enter the tournament, with Argentina and Brazil among those countries likely to be invited.

The next Euros in 2016 is already set to be expanded to 14 teams while 2020 is likely to be hosted in a variety of countries, rather than one specific host nation, but the most recent proposals are the most revolutionary yet.

Allowing prominent teams from other continents to enter would follow the example of the Copa America, which has been inviting nations from outside South America since 1993.

This idea from UEFA is reportedly a sign of a expanding rift between Platini and his FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter, and could even provide the game's global body with concern for the appeal of their flagship event, the World Cup.

Platini's adviser told The Independent that many at FIFA are already discussing reducing the involvement of European teams in the World Cup, which may further encourage Platini to push through huge changes for the Euros.

Out of the 32 teams at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, 13 of them will be from Europe.

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