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Martino: "It was an exaggeration to call Messi for the Olympic Games"

He compared it with Neymar's case: having chances to play Copa América and Olympic Games

Martino: "It was an exaggeration to call Messi for the Olympic Games"
Martino: "It was an exaggeration to call Messi for the Olympic Games"

He compared it with Neymar's case: having chances to play Copa América and Olympic Games

Messi & Tata Martí
Messi & Tata Martí

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The coach of the Argentina National Team, Gerardo 'Tata' Martino, explained in an interview on the television channel TYC Sports why he decided not to include Messi in the squad list for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Messi's absence

"I always had the idea that it would be an exaggeration to expose Leo to play another Olympic Games, especially considering that before there is the Copa América."

The team's needs

"Looking at the needs of the team, we saw that it was more appropriate to strengthen the midfield and back of Olympic team, more than the forward."

Comparison with Neymar and Brazil

"It's something similar to what happens with Neymar. It seems that Brazil has decided to only include him in the Olympics."