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Lionel Messi disappointed to miss 'spectacular experience' in Rio

Messi disappointed to miss 'spectacular experience' in Rio
By Eurosport

10/05/2016 at 13:39Updated 10/05/2016 at 13:40

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has expressed his disappointment after being forced to miss out on this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Messi won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games with Argentina, but has been omitted from the Oympic squad for Brazil due to the Copa America tournament that kicks off on June 3 in the US.

He will sit out the Olympics after holding discussions with national coach Gerardo Martino.

“I would have liked to go because it was a spectacular experience for me to play in the Olympics” said the five-times Ballon d'Or winner.

“Not just because we won, but for the experience I gained.

Messi celebrates winning gold in Beijing.

Messi celebrates winning gold in Beijing. Imago

“The World Cup is great but the Olympics are something special.”

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