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Did Messi Decide Substitution In Argentina Game?

Did Lionel Messi Decide Substitution In Argentina Game?

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 28, 2018 11:27 AM @KurtLaduma

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli has been criticised for yielding too much power to superstar Lionel Messi, and it has now been claimed it was the FC Barcelona man who decided Sergio Aguero should be brought on during their 2018 FIFA World Cup win over Nigeria.

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Many speculated that Sampaoli lost the trust of his players following Argentina’s first two matches at the tournament, from which they picked up just one point, putting them on the brink of elimination.

It was claimed the players had asked the tactician to step down ahead of their clash with Nigeria, and although that seemingly proved to be false, it was also said that some of the senior players in the squad had a hand in picking the team that played against the Super Eagles.

This appeared evident when several changes were made to the Argentina starting line-up that eventually secured the Albiceleste a place in the round of 16, where they will meet France. Messi and Marcos Rojo scored against Nigeria to send the Argentines through, while Croatia beat Iceland in the other Group D fixture.

While Messi's influence in the Argentina dressing room has never been questioned, several reports from across the world have pointed out that midway through the second half of the Albiceleste's match against Nigeria, with the score at 1-1, Sampaoli seemingly asked the 31-year-old if he should bring Sergio Aguero on from the bench.

According to Marca, the boss consulted Messi before making the change, with lip readers suggesting that Sampaoli asked: "Do I put on Kun (Aguero)?"

Other reports have suggested that it was Messi who first told the coaching staff to bring the Manchester City striker on before even speaking to the manager about the change.

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Aguero was introduced just minutes after Messi and the manager's conversation on the touchline, but he could find himself in the starting XI when they meet France in the round of 16 on Saturday.

Do you think it is good for a coach to surrender so much power to one his players? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Jun 29, 2018 04:11 AM
Sampoli has failed already, Argentina need Messi than no one atto the moment
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Master25 Joined: 26 Nov 2014
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Master25 Jun 28, 2018 04:00 PM
Ya, Messi must have an influence in the squad selection because when Argentina looses he is always blamed for it and not the coach. So let him choose who he wants. Lol
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MfanoYellow Joined: 16 Apr 2018
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MfanoYellow Jun 28, 2018 03:30 PM
Messi was right, that coach is not to be trusted. The way he walks up and down and the tattoos on his body are something.
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Qhaf-Qhaf Jun 28, 2018 03:17 PM
" Rugby ball head of yours needs to be examined " , iyhooooo....
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Voltaire Joined: 23 May 2017
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Voltaire Jun 28, 2018 03:13 PM
@vijjox Messi would 70% blame and coach 20% and the team 5% and the federation would take the remaining 5% so it's natural that Messi takes credit for the wins and blame for the losses.
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Mashia1950 Joined: 29 Aug 2017
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Mashia1950 Jun 28, 2018 02:16 PM
@Mgqibelo lol good question, re member Zidane's headbut on Materazzi, apparently those lips reader were able to tell us what he said.
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vijjox Joined: 20 May 2015
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vijjox Jun 28, 2018 02:14 PM
If Argentina were to be knocked,would they say messi failed Argentina or they would blame the coach
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megabite Joined: 14 Nov 2017
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megabite Jun 28, 2018 01:59 PM
i guess so voltaire,if they failed to qualify the people that would have been criticized the most would have been messi based on his barcelona form and the coach,not others.
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Voltaire Jun 28, 2018 01:46 PM
So this guy is the best player in the world and he has won a world cup game as coach?
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megabite Joined: 14 Nov 2017
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megabite Jun 28, 2018 01:35 PM
@Tonisilva,im pefectly sane i don't knw about you ,messi is a game changer ,a leader ,with his dribbling ability he can penetrate a defence and d score or create for team mate s,so as the team leader his inputs were needed especially in that game where country honour was at stake,if you think captain and especially messi the best player in the world don't need to make inputs in game ,maybe that rugby ball head of yours needs to be examined.
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RayzaKhosistency Jun 28, 2018 01:03 PM
if thats the case then bravo to messi.argentina are through to the next round
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Mgqibelo Joined: 27 Jun 2018
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Mgqibelo Jun 28, 2018 12:58 PM
Lip readers?? What subjects must you do at high school level to become that??
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ToniSilva Joined: 12 Jun 2018
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ToniSilva Jun 28, 2018 12:53 PM
@megabite this is not cricket, are you ok upstairs?! When Argentina lose you blame the players he(Messi) doesn't choose, when Argentina win you give him all the credit.
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megabite Joined: 14 Nov 2017
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megabite Jun 28, 2018 12:22 PM
IN CRICKET A CAPTAIN MAKES THE DECISIONS ON THE PITCH AND CONVEY INSTRUCTIONS TO OTHERS,HE IS A LEADER ON THE PITCH AS ENTRUSTED BY THE COACH ,SAMPOLI IS A GOOD COACH WHO ALSO TAKES INPUTS FROM MESSI .

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