I put coaches or players in the Argentina side is a lie – Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi, Argentina National FootballTeam, Russia 2018

Lionel Messi is not quite vocal about every criticism he faces, but he does clarify his side of the story every time he feels the need to make a statement. The latest accusations against him that he picks players and coaches for the Argentina national side needed clarification from the Five time Ballon d’or winner from a very long time. In his recent interview with TyCSports, he laughed on the matter when question was raised about it before giving his view on the matter.

Marca reports as Messi said, “When they talk about Messi’s friends I laugh. They say that I put coaches or players in the Argentina national side and it is a lie. [Javier] Mascherano, [Angel] Di Maria, [Lucas] Biglia are big names in world football, these claims show a lack of respect. That’s is not how I am and I’ve nothing else to add on the matter.”

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Messi also adds on La Albiceleste journey for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifaction. He said, “We couldn’t miss the World Cup, but we did suffer. Each time I went back to Barcelona, I was always going over the numbers for what had to happen for us to qualify for the World Cup.”

Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification journey wasn’t a sweet memory for the La Pulga, and he doesn’t want to suffer an early setback in World Cup finals. World Cup group draws will take place on Dec 1, and Messi wants to avoid Spain in group stage.

With Messi’s hat-trick heroics in Ecuador on final day of the South American (CONMEBOL) qualification, Argentina is in pot 1 of group stage draw, whereas Spain is in pot 2. Messi said, “I would prefer to avoid Spain in the group stage because they are a very difficult opponent.”

Messi’s Argentina will face Russia and Nigeria in friendly during the international break in Nov, before returning to Barcelona to face Leganes on 18th Nov.

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