Lionel Messi does school run with sons Thiago and Mateo during international break

Having removed himself from Argentina selection for the foreseeable future, the international break has afforded Lionel Messi to indulge in a bit of family time.

Indeed, far departed from his day job as a global footballing superstar, the Barcelona forward was able to partake in some of the more menial aspects of parenthood on Thursday.

In a set of photos shared on Instagram, Messi revealed that he'd proudly spent the day accompanying young sons Thiago and Mateo to school.

The Albiceleste are gearing up for a couple of friendly fixtures against Guatemala in Los Angeles on Saturday then against Colombia in New Jersey the following Wednesday.

However, Messi will not be a part of the travelling entourage after semi-retiring from international football following his country's largely mediocre showing at the World Cup.

Honestly, he looks like he's having a lot more fun away from it all.