Aston Villa star eyes Olympic Gold alongside Messi and Di Maria

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Emiliano Martínez has a new ambition in his sights – an Olympic gold medal. The World Cup and Copa América winner is eager to join forces with legendary teammates Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María as Argentina aims for its first Olympic football title in over a decade.

This dream scenario has taken a step closer after Argentina's Under-23 coach, Javier Mascherano, extended invitations to both Messi and Di María for the Paris games.

However, Di María has revealed his plans to retire from international duty following the Copa América, making this potential collaboration even more poignant.

Martínez, known for his passionate displays in the Argentine jersey, is determined to add the missing piece to his impressive trophy collection.

Yet, with the Copa América scheduled for June and July, just weeks before the Olympics, there is a distinct scheduling challenge.

He recognizes the dilemma for veteran players while emphasizing the importance of rewarding younger players who battled through qualification.

Olympic rules permit three over-age players in men's football squads, potentially allowing for a legendary lineup featuring Martínez, Messi, and Di María.

From the heart-stopping drama of the World Cup Final to the potential electricity of the Paris games, Argentina's summer of football promises to be unforgettable. Will Martínez realize his dream of standing with icons on the Olympic stage, adding the final touch of gold to his illustrious career?