Find out why Lionel Messi once played for just 30 seconds

Author: Niyigena Antoine
On:18/08/2023 10:13
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Considered one of the best soccer players the world has ever seen, Lionel Messi has only ever played as a junior for his national team, Argentina.

On August 18, 2005, Lionel Messi played his first game in the Argentine national team when he was only 18 years old. During Argentina's 2-1 win over Hungary, he was off the field and came on in the 65th minute to replace Lisandro Lopez.

As soon as Lionel Messi entered the field, he did not wait because after 30 seconds he received the first ball but he immediately made a mistake on the player of the Hungarian national team named Vilmos Vanczak.

Vanczak was coming to the ball, which immediately hit Messi's hand and the referee Markus Merk, who was refereeing the game, immediately gave him a red card.

Lionel Messi was recruited at a young age by Argentina coach Jose Pekerman after he helped Argentina's under-20 team win the 2004 World Cup.

Although this 36-year-old player had a bad start in the national team, he later became a member of the national team, after playing 175 games and scoring 103 goals.

Messi also helped Argentina’s national team win trophies including the World Cup held in Qatar last year in 2022.

Lionel Messi had a bad start in the national team, playing only 30 seconds, but ended up becoming a member of the national team.