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'If Messi Quits Argentina, They Won't Win For Years!'

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.

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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 33, Ronaldo 28

Messi has scored 65 goals and assisted a further 44 strikes in 128 matches for his country thus far.

Do you agree with Stoichkov's sentiments? Let us know in the comments section below.

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