Lionel Messi Survived A Horrific Career Ending Tackle In Argentina's Win Over Venezuela

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Lionel Messi was lucky to avoid a serious injury after being on the wrong end of a career ending tackle in Argentina's win over Venezuela.

Argentina beat Venezuela 3-1 in their World Cup qualifier, with Lautaro Martínez, Joaquin Correa and Angel Correa getting on the score-sheet.

Venezuela were reduced to ten men when Adrian Martinez produced a sickening tackle on Messi in the first half.

Martinez committed an extremely dangerous tackle that caught the Paris Saint-Germain superstar high on the leg.

He hit the deck as the match referee eventually brandished his red card to Venezuela's number six following a VAR review.

Martinez put Argentina in front just before the break, with J.Correa and A.Correa scoring a goal each in the second half.

Yeferson Soteldo pulled one back, converting a 94th minute penalty.

But the story of the game was the horrific tackle on Messi, who fortunately soldiered on and completed the game.

One tweeted: "Disgusting tackle on Messi from Martinez, really unnecessary."

A second wrote: "And they say Messi can't handle the physicality of Premier League."

A third added: "Thank god he's ok! Looked brutal on slow motion."

Messi will be back in international action on Sunday when his side face Brazil in a repeat of the Copa America final.

Argentina also face Bolivia during the international period.

Featured Image Credit: Premier Sports

Topics: Football, Lionel Messi, Argentina

Nasir Jabbar

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