Lionel Messi will make Argentina comeback in March friendly vs Venezuela

Lionel Messi with Argentina

The 2018 World Cup appeared to take a toll on the international careers of both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Modern football's two biggest icons exited the competition on the very same day against France and Uruguay respectively in the last-16.

Since that day in Russia, neither played has returned to the international scene, however, they haven't retired just yet.

The general consensus is that Ronaldo will make his Portugal comeback for the final of the UEFA Nations League in June after the 33-year-old has a full season with Juventus under his belt.

But what about Messi? There were concerns that he may even opt out of this summer's Copa America, but a date has now been set for his return to the Argentina national team.

As reported by Goal, Barcelona's captain will play a part in the friendly against Venezuela on March 22, after nearly nine months away.

The match will take place at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium, meaning Messi does not have to travel across the globe.

This should give him some preparation for the upcoming Copa America, which represents arguably Messi's last chance to win silverware with his country.

Both Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria could also make their return to the Albiceleste at the same time, handing the country a triple boost ahead of the South America's biggest tournament.

Messi & Aguero

Argentina have lost the last two finals of the competition to Chile and may even be third favourites for the 2019 edition of the tournament behind Brazil and Uruguay.

The group stage for the Copa America was draw yesterday, with Argentina facing Colombia, Paraguay and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.

Tournament favourites Brazil - where the competition is also being hosted - were drawn alongside Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru.

As for Luis Suarez's Uruguay, they will meet Chile, Ecuador and Japan in the first round.

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