ARGENTINA star Rodrigo de Paul is at risk of missing this winter's World Cup after his ex-wife took him to court, according to reports.
Mundo Deportivo say the Atletico Madrid midfielder, 28, is currently locked in a legal battle with former partner Camila Homs over child support payments.
De Paul broke up with Camila – with whom he has two children, Francesca and Bautista – before quickly forging a new relationship with Argentine singer Tini Stoessel.
The story has dominated headlines in Spain and Argentina this year, with Atleti boss Diego Simeone even claimed to have warned him to keep his personal matters private.
And the well-documented break-up could now cost De Paul a spot in the Argentina squad for the 2022 World Cup.
In order to enter Qatar, one must not have any criminal convictions or legal complaint made against them.
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While De Paul's ongoing drama with Camila is not a criminal issue, it could still cloud his future involvement in the tournament – which starts in November.
Mundo Deportivo claims Argentina FA president Claudio Tapia made the revelation after scouring the Fifa rule-book.
The Spanish outlet claims Tapia said: "To go to Qatar, you must not have a criminal complaint with a pending conviction or something similar.
"That is what we understand from an article of the Fifa Regulations."
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However, Tapia is reported as saying De Paul would resolve the matter in the coming weeks.
He added: "I know De Paul well, I know the feeling they have, especially with their children.
"I think it will work out for the best."
De Paul is a key member of the Argentina squad hoping to win their first World Cup since 1986, with Lionel Messi set to spearhead the charge.
The midfielder has earned 41 caps since making his debut in 2018 – and joined Atletico Madrid from Udinese last year.
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De Paul was part of the Argentina squad who finally got their hands on the Copa America trophy in 2021.
The tournament win ended a staggering 18-year drought and was Messi's first-ever major international win.
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