Leo Messi posed with the new training shirt of the Argentine National Team

Angel Di Maria scored as Lionel Messi returned to the international stage for the first time in six months, helping Argentina to a 1-0 victory over Ecuador in a Copa America warmup match on Sunday night.

Messi was sidelined for the first half before replacing Di Maria in the 56th minute.

A right hamstring injury kept the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner and Inter Miami star from participating in Argentina’s previous two Copa America warmup matches against El Salvador and Costa Rica in March.

‘Sometimes there is no need to risk it, not only with Leo. It is about taking care of them so that they arrive in optimal conditions,’ Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni said of his decision to sit Messi for the first half.

With Messi watching from the bench, Di Maria sent a reverse pass from Christian Romero into the net to open the scoring in the 40th minute.

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Lionel Messi returned to the Argentina team sheet on Sunday night against Ecuador 

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Messi had not played for his country in six months before his return at Soldie

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