Lionel Messi allegedly told Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli to drop two players during his nation’s poor World Cup campaign.
That’s according to a report from Argentina, which claims the Barcelona legend has an unprecedented amount of sway on the national team.
Argentina just about qualified for this summer’s finals in Russia, but were expected to do well given the superstars they have on their roster.
The South American nation kick-started their campaign out in Russia by drawing against Iceland before they were then thumped 3-0 by Croatia.
Argentina scrapped into the last-16 of the competition thanks to a win over Nigeria in their final group game, but were no match for France in the next stage.
Messi is yet to retire from international football, but isn’t expected to feature in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as he will be 35 when it comes around.
The Barcelona forward did everything he could do win the tournament this summer, but in the end was unable to influence games in the way he does for his club.
In addition to trying to lead his team be example, Messi reportedly told Argentina manager Sampaoli to drop two players he believed to be underperforming.
Argentine publication Clarin claim that these two players were Federico Fazio and Giovani Lo Celso, who allegedly failed to impress the nation’s best player.
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