Argentina coach Gerardo Martino announced on Monday that Lionel Messi will not represent Argentina at Rio Olympics in August.
“Messi won’t go to the Olympic Games because there is a lot of competition for the national team this year,” Martino said.
“We have the Copa America, the Olympic Games and after that four rounds of the qualifiers.
“The reality at Barcelona shows the season will be long. I want to win very much but not at any price, nor for throwing the players on to the pitch for them to die there,” he told reporters.