Lionel Messi’s body language now is suggesting that he could be calling it a wrap on international football soon.

Reports from Messi’s homeland indicates that he has excused himself from Argentina's friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia next month as he takes a break from international football.

Doubts have been raised over Messi's future with the national team following Argentina's disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia this summer, which ended with a 4-3 loss to eventual winners France in the last 16.

The Barcelona forward struggled throughout the tournament, scoring just one goal and missing a penalty in the team's opening group match against Iceland.

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He declined media interviews after the competition and some reports in Argentina have suggested the 31-year-old might be tempted to quit the national team.

Messi briefly retired from international football after the 2016 Copa America before reversing his decision weeks later.

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Will he be convinced to remain this time?

The Albiceleste will play Guatemala in Los Angeles on September 7 followed by a clash with Colombia in New Jersey four days later.

The two-time World Cup winners will be co-coached by former Argentina players Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar following the July dismissal of Jorge Sampaoli.

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