With reports suggesting that FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has snubbed a call-up to the Argentina national team, a former Blaugrana player and Mamelodi Sundowns boss believes the Albiceleste would be doomed without the forward.
On Tuesday, it was reported that the 31-year-old had turned down his latest international call-up, a decision many believe is down to the team's disappointing 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.
Hristo Stoichkov, an ex-Barca player and Sundowns boss, feels the team will be far worse off without Messi than with him.
"If Messi quit Argentina tomorrow, for three years they would not win a game," he told Ole.
"First of all, you have to know what model of football you want. If you want to depend on Messi or 22 players.
"Argentine football has to have a structure and I don't know about what the new president wants. That is the big question."
Stoichkov also laughed off claims that Messi selects the team.
"It's a f****** lie that someone invented a while back," he added.
"So, I should be coach of the Argentina national team because I'm a friend of Leo. It's a f****** lie. How can people be like that?"
Messi has scored 65 goals and assisted a further 44 strikes in 128 matches for his country thus far.
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