Many have claimed that superstar Lionel Messi makes big decisions behind the scenes at FC Barcelona, and he has now been accused of doing the same with the Argentina national team ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Former Albiceleste striker Hernan Crespo was recently speaking about Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi's chances of going to the World Cup in Russia when he hinted that Messi has a big say in who makes the team, seemingly believing that because the Nerazzurri forward is not close with the Blaugrana attacker, he might not make the team.
"It seems to me that Icardi is not one of Messi's friends," Crespo told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"The national team is now made up of a magic circle, do you understand me? Icardi is not part of the circle and therefore, unfortunately, he will not go to the World Cup in Russia. This is my opinion.
"The team needs a striker like him, but (Jorge) Sampaoli and Messi think otherwise."
Icardi, 25, has played just four times for Argentina's senior team so far, and is yet to get off the mark for the Albiceleste.
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