Argentina exploits a FIFA loophole, landing Lionel Messi a new job.
During Argentina's triumph over Bolivia on Tuesday evening, Lionel Messi was unexpectedly named as the team's new assistant coach.
As a precaution, Messi did not play in the World Cup qualifier.
The Inter Miami attacker was rested for the 3-0 victory after complaining of fatigue from the previous game against Ecuador.
Messi scored the game's lone goal, and his free kick set a South American qualifying record.
Due to the high altitude, Messi and his teammates were given oxygen canisters in the days leading up to the Bolivia game.
The stadium, Estadio Hernando Siles, is 3,637 meters above sea level, making it one of the highest in the world.In any case,
Messi was not picked to the World Cup qualifying roster and would normally have to sit out.
According to TNT Sports, the 36-year-old filled out a FIFA form claiming to be an assistant coach.
The form was approved, and Messi, in his new capacity, sat in the dugout with his teammates and coaches to watch the game.
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