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Lionel Messi taking a break from Argentina ‘would not be a bad thing’ - Mario Kempes

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The former striker says the team lack personality

Argentina v Paraguay: Group B - Copa America Brazil 2019 Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images

Lionel Messi taking a break from Argentina duty would not be a “bad thing,” according to World Cup winner Mario Kempes.

Lionel Scaloni’s side have failed to impress once again this summer at the Copa America with just one points from their first two games.

Messi took a break from international duty after the last World Cup, and Kempes says another time out could be a good idea.

“As things stand I think that giving Messi a break would not be a bad thing. Or maybe he should take a decision to have a rest. The players feel the need to give him (Messi) the ball. There is a lack of personality.

”What would happen if you take Messi out of this team? Why don’t we (rest him) and try to form a team without Messi? That might allow some other players, who are very good for their clubs, bloom for the national team.”

Source | TyC Sport

Argentina take on Qatar in their final group game on Sunday and anything less than a win will condemn them to an early exit from the competition.