Argentina Boss Denies Rift With Messi
Argentina Boss Denies Rift With Lionel Messi
Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has denied that he has had a fallout with FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
Reports emerged that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and the former Chile and Sevilla boss had a disagreement after the 0-0 with Uruguay in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
On the eve of their crucial game against Venezuela, Sampaoli insisted that the story was a lie and designed to undermine his team.
"You are asking me about rumours. I can't be giving credence to rumours," Sampaoli said, as quoted by ESPN.
"You have to have some kind of certainty that what you are asking is the truth. Otherwise, I am giving credence to rumours.
"Yes, I can say that is false, just like I can say there are a lot of statements that are false. But you are asking me about rumours, perhaps something with the intent to harm.
"Nowadays, we are living in a world in which a lie that is told a thousand times becomes truth. But it is shameful because we are giving value to the rumour that someone wants Argentina to be out of the World Cup and that is shameful.
"We are very lucky to have the best player in the world totally involved to get Argentina to the World Cup. I don't like to hear these types of questions because they are slanted, and you can see where they are going."
Argentina have not yet qualified for the World Cup in Russia, and they currently find themselves in fifth place in their group.
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