Lionel Messi and the rest of the FC Barcelona roster are currently in Saint Andrews (Scotland), where they are carrying out the first stage of the pre-season work under new coach Pep Guardiola.

There has been much talk over the past few days regarding Leo’s presence in the Argentinian national team for the Olympic Games, to be held in Beijing next month. The player has been called up for the games by AFA (Association of Argentinian Football), but FC Barcelona want Messi to stay with the club in order for him to be able to play in the Champions League’s qualification round. At this point, Argentina’s olympic squad is already in Beijing preparing for the tournament, while Leo is doing the pre-season with Barça, but there has been no conclusive statement from any of the parts on how the conflict is eventually going to be solved.