Argentine journalist reveals details about Leo Messi & Jorge Sampaoli at the World Cup

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Lionel Messi and Argentina endured a pretty chaotic World Cup campaign.

The South American nation arrived in Russia with little faith being placed in them from anyone, including their own fans.

They had just scraped through qualifying courtesy of a hat trick from Messi in their final game away in Ecuador.

Nevertheless, Messi's heroics could not deter from the fact that Argentina's side lacked quality, balance and a manager capable of improving them.

The draw with Iceland and the 3-0 loss to Croatia highlighted all three of those negatives perfectly.

Their 2-1 win against Nigeria to seal passage to the last-16 simply papered over the cracks and they were duly dumped out by France in a 4-3 thriller.

And one of the big talking points throughout their four games was the relationship between Messi and Sampaoli.

The fact that Sampaoli was picked up by cameras asking Messi if he should bring on Sergio Aguero against Nigeria pretty much said it all.

Now, Argentine journalist Ariel Senosiain of TyC Sports and Ole has revealed some astonishing new details in his book Mundial es Historias.


After the 3-0 defeat to Croatia, Messi and Javier Mascherano had an emergency meeting with Sampaoli and two of his assistants.

"We don't get what you say, we don't trust you anymore and we want to have an opinion," was their argument, per Marca.

Sampaoli then asked what they wanted an opinion on and the two players replied "everything".

"You asked me 10 times which players you wanted me to see on and which ones I didn't and I never gave you a name," Messi said.


Amazingly, the whole interaction was witnessed by AFA president Claudio Tapia, after which he told Sampaoli to listen to the players.

One of his assistants, Sebastian Beccacece, tried to quit after the meeting, but Sampaoli prevented him from doing so.

Utter chaos and it's clear why the Argentine FA had to get rid of Samapoli after the World Cup.

His replacement has somehow got to steady this sinking ship.

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