Lionel Messi arrived in Barcelona from Argentina on Tuesday morning to join his team-mates in the pre-season, which kicked off on Monday. After having played two World Cup qualifying games with his country following the end of the club season, Barça had granted Messi a longer vacation, but the player finally decided to bring his return to the team forward.

Pep Guardiola, Barcelona’s new head coach, commented on Messi’s possible presence with Argentina’s olympic team in Beijing:

We are waiting for an official statement from FIFA. The club is standing up for what we think is fair. If FIFA agrees with us, then Leo will stay. Otherwise he will play in the Olympic Games

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