• Lionel Messi in action against Russia (Getty Images)
Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's game against Nigeria on Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday morning AEDT) and instead return to Barcelona.
Source:
Omnisport
12 Nov 2017 - 6:35 AM  UPDATED 12 Nov 2017 - 6:37 AM

Captain Messi played the full 90 minutes of Argentina's 1-0 victory over Russia, playing a role in Sergio Aguero's late winner in Moscow.

However, the 30-year-old will not travel to Krasnodar with the rest of Jorge Sampaoli's squad, with the team's official Twitter account announcing he would return to Spain.

It was stated that Messi's departure from the Argentina camp is not related to injury.

Aguero ends Argentina drought in win over Russia
Sergio Aguero ended his long wait for an Argentina goal in his first start under Jorge Sampaoli as the South American giants left it late to beat Russia 1-0 at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Speaking to TyC Sports after the match, he called on his team-mates to continue working hard ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup. He said: "It's complicated, we always said that.

"The reality is that there is not much time and that's why we have to make the most of it when we're together.

"The second half was tough. They pushed up and went looking for us. We have to keep going to strengthen what we have been doing, reinforcing the system the coach wants."

Messi tops the Argentina scoring charts and he praised Aguero, who became the all-time leading goalscorer for Manchester City this month, for drawing level with Hernan Crespo in third on the list with his 35th senior international strike.

"It's important. He came from making a record with City and now he has done it here," he added.