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Lionel Messi trains with Argentina ahead of Copa America third-place match, vows to play on - in pictures

Messi says he has no plans to hang up his boots with the national team following Saturday's third-place match at the 2019 Copa America

Lionel Messi has vowed to carry on playing international football with Argentina despite missing out on an elusive international trophy at the 2019 Copa America.

The Barcelona forward infamously quit the national team after Argentina's defeat in the 2016 Copa America Centenario final, only to make a swift return some months later.

It was thought that Messi may consider calling time on his Argentina career following Saturday's third-place match against Chile in Sao Paulo, but Messi, 32, has said he will play on.

"If I can still help in any way, I will continue to do so. I feel really good in this group," said the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"This is a good, talented generation who showed that they love the national team," he added.

"They have a future and great foundations, they just need to be given time."

Messi trained with his teammates at the Pacaembu Stadium in Sao Paulo on Friday ahead of the match against Chile.

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Updated: July 6, 2019 01:08 PM

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