Argentina could have Angel Di Maria AND Lionel Messi in contention for their Olympic team after qualifying for Paris 2024... but who else makes the potential starting XI?

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After Argentina U23s secured their spot astatine adjacent summer's Olympics shot tournament, coach Javier Mascherano revealed that legends Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria could beryllium portion of his squad.

Messi, 36, and Di Maria, 35, whitethorn beryllium successful nan second stages of their careers, but their immense magnitude of acquisition could beryllium to beryllium very useful successful helping a talented young Argentina broadside successful their quest for glory.

Speaking astir nan anticipation of selecting his erstwhile Barcelona team-mate Messi, Mascherano said: 'Everyone already knows my narration pinch Leo [Messi], nan relationship I have.

'A subordinate for illustration him has nan doors unfastened to travel america [at nan Olympics], past it will evidently dangle connected him and his commitments.' 

The tourney will return spot successful France from July 24 to August 10, pinch nations permitted to see a maximum of 3 overage players successful their squad. The halfway of nan squad will beryllium selected from players calved connected aliases aft January 1, 2001. 

World Cup winners Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria could play for Argentina astatine nan Olympics

Coach Javier Mascherano revealed that he whitethorn beryllium capable to telephone upon Messi and Di Maria


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Here's a look astatine really Argentina could statement up astatine nan tournament.

Goalkeeper - Leandro Brey (Boca Juniors)

21-year-old Brey featured successful each crippled arsenic Argentina vanished successful 2nd spot successful nan Pre-Olympic tourney and made it done to nan finals.

Brey has made 1 elder quality for Boca Juniors since joining from Los Andes successful 2022. 

Goalkeeper Leandro Brey played each crippled for Argentina astatine nan Pre-Olympic Tournament

Right-back - Gonzalo Lujan (San Lorenzo)

Lujan has besides been heavy progressive for nan Under-23s and besides possesses a sizeable magnitude of elder experience.

The 22-year-old defender has made 61 appearances for Argentina first section broadside San Lorenzo.

22-year-old right-back Gonzalo Lujan has a batch of elder acquisition astatine nine level

Centre-back - Marco Di Cesare (Racing Club)

A defender who was antecedently astatine Argentinos Juniors, Di Cesare signed for Racing Club successful nan January transportation window.

The 22-year-old, who is besides eligible to correspond Italy, is tin of playing successful midfield if required. 

Defender Marco Di Cesare made nan move to Racing Club successful nan January transportation window

Centre-back - German Pezzella (Real Betis) 

If Messi and Di Maria are progressive past they will return up 2 of nan overage subordinate spots disposable to Argentina.

It remains to beryllium seen who other could beryllium called upon, but 32-year-old German Pezzella whitethorn beryllium an option, particularly arsenic he isn't a regular starter for nan elder team, meaning he mightiness not play a cardinal portion astatine nan Copa America.

Experience defender German Pezzella whitethorn beryllium an action for Argentina arsenic an overage player

Left-back - Valentin Barco (Brighton)

A left-back pinch immense potential, Barco precocious signed for Brighton from Boca Juniors.

The 19-year-old featured for Argentina astatine various younker levels and could beryllium an important portion of nan squad astatine nan Olympics. 

Recent Brighton signing Valentin Barco, who has overmuch potential, is apt to beryllium involved

Midfield - Enzo Fernandez (Chelsea) 

Although he is an important fig for Argentina's elder team, Chelsea midfielder Fernandez could still beryllium progressive astatine nan Olympics arsenic he is conscionable astir eligible to feature.

Fernandez was integral to Argentina's World Cup occurrence and will besides beryllium eager for glory astatine nan Olympics if he plays.

Enzo Fernandez starred astatine nan World Cup and could do likewise astatine nan Olympics successful France

Midfield - Maximo Perrone (Manchester City, connected indebtedness astatine Las Palmas)

Perrone joined Manchester City successful January 2023 but has made conscionable 2 appearances for nan nine truthful far.

He is presently connected indebtedness astatine Las Palmas and has antecedently featured for Argentina astatine U20 level. 

Manchester City midfielder Maximo Perrone could characteristic for Argentina astatine nan Olympics

Midfield - Thiago Almada (Atlanta United)

Part of Argentina's squad astatine nan World Cup, 22-year-old Almada is an fantabulous imaginative talent.

Also tin of playing retired wide, nan Atlanta United prima regularly captained Argentina U23s during nan Pre-Olympic tourney and is tin of uncovering nan nett pinch regularity. 

Captain Thiago Almada helped Argentina to suffice for nan Olympic pinch immoderate good displays

Right helping - Angel Di Maria (Benfica)

Having enjoyed a trophy-laden career, Di Maria has complete 130 elder caps for Argentina and has impressed backmost astatine Benfica.

He was nan leader successful Argentina's 2008 Olympic occurrence arsenic he scored nan victor against Nigeria. 

The immense acquisition of World Cup-winner Di Maria could beryllium very useful for Argentina

Striker - Lionel Messi (Inter Miami) 

Undoubtedly 1 of nan top players of each time, Messi is Argentina's grounds scorer pinch 106 goals.

Messi helped Argentina to triumph nan Olympic tourney successful 2008 and it would beryllium a superb communicative if he was to repetition nan feat successful 2024. 

Having Messi arsenic portion of their squad would beryllium a immense boost for Argentina's U23 side

Left helping - Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United)

Garnacho has continued to advancement superbly astatine United, for whom he scored 7 times this season.

Having antecedently represented Spain astatine U18 level, he switched allegiance to Argentina and has 3 elder caps. It would surely beryllium intriguing to spot Argentina section a beforehand 3 of Di Maria, Messi and Garnacho astatine nan Olympics.

Manchester United starlet Alejandro Garnacho could beryllium progressive for Argentina U23s