Messi has special gift of clairvoyance: Coach Valverde

Ernesto Valverde

Messi has firmly established his status as one of the game's all-time greats and has won five Ballon d'Or awards to back up the claim.

Messi along with Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Nicolas Otamendi, Ever Banega and Marcos Rojo were all left out. "He shouldn't play in friendlies just because the national team earns more with him", Scaloni told the media.

"I would give him space to breathe".

"It's a pleasure to have him playing for us, he never fails to surprise".

On his change of position, Roberto said: "In pre-season I played more as a pivote and after in the Super Cup as a full-back, but I'm happy helping the team in whatever position".

"Messi shouldn't be moving around for money".

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They were wary and watchful, mostly playing the ball under their eyes, yet they still rattled along at three and a half an over. Virat Kohli made a superb 97 and Ajinkya Rahane 81 to help the visitors to 307-6 after England won the toss.

He was unable to prevent a shambolic Argentina side from being knocked out of the World Cup in the last 16 stage in a 4-3 defeat to eventual winners France.

The legend was also strong in his criticism of Jorge Sampaoli. We had no teamwork, we didn't use the ball.

Manchester United's second-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero and Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi have earnt recalls to the squad after missing out on the global showpiece in Russian Federation, while Paulo Dybala of Juventus is also included.

Fiorentina forward Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone, has been included alongside Inter Milan youngster Lautaro Martinez and club captain Mauro Icardi.

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad, ESP), Sergio Romero (Manchester United, ENG).

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