The sporting director at Parc des Princes wants FIFA to intervene in a long-running club versus nation issue.
Lionel Messi’s selection for Argentina’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers has been slammed by PSG, with Leonardo describing the decision to call up the injured striker as “not reasonable.”
Despite being sidelined at club level, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is being urged to join up with his team ahead of matches against Brazil and Uruguay.
Messi has been suffering from “knee and hamstring difficulties” as he adjusts to life in France, but he might still play for the Albiceleste as they try to secure a place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
PSG sporting director Leonardo is taken aback by Argentina’s decision and wants FIFA to intervene to safeguard clubs from having to release players who are plainly not fit for action.
He told Le Parisien: “We do not agree to let a player go by selection who, for us, is not in physical condition or who is in the rehabilitation phase.
“It is not logical, and these types of situations deserve a real agreement with FIFA.”
Due to a lack of match fitness and nagging ailments, Messi has missed nine games in the 2021-22 season.
In his most recent appearance for PSG, against Lille on October 29, he only lasted 45 minutes and is still without a goal in Ligue 1.
Messi, who has 156 caps for Argentina, is hoping to assist Lionel Scaloni’s team improve on their Copa America success in 2021.