Barca top star Messi linked with Icardi’s exclusion from Argentina’s World Cup squad

Barca top star Messi linked with Icardi’s exclusion from Argentina’s World Cup squad

- Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi was reportedly excluded from the Argentina's La Albiceleste World Cup squad due to a misunderstanding with Lionel Messi

- The 25-year-old Icardi has been left out despite proving to be among the world’s top goals scorer over the past seasons

- Icardi blasted home 29 goals in 34 Serie A appearances as the Nerazzurri’s staged a return to the Champions League

Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi was reportedly excluded from the Argentina's La Albiceleste World Cup squad due to a misunderstanding with team’s talisman, Lionel Messi, suggests report coming out of the South American camp.

The 25-year-old Icardi has been left out despite proving to be among world’s top goals scorer over the past Serie A campaigns’ with Inter Milan.

The report further hinted that Icardi was reportedly told as early as April that he would not be in the squad to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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And Barcelona highly rated player Messi is allegedly linked to Icardi’s exclusion, disclosed a UK Mirror report citing Bleacher Report as source.

In the last Serie A campaign, Icardi blasted home 29 goals in 34 appearances as the Nerazzurri’s staged a return to the Champions League

However, the lethal forward submitted in the first quarter of the year that he is not looking forward to make Argentina’s the 23-man squad for the Mundial.

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"It is nothing strange, I think that it was only because I lacked more time on the pitch.

"I do not know if I joined the national team at the right time because of the pressure that we faced.

"But I did what I was asked by the coaching staff, and the truth is, I am very happy to have played a role in qualifying," Icardi said.

Interestingly, the Argentina national team is a squad full with varieties of attacking options and the Jorge Sampaoli tutored-side will not be short of talent when they square up against Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

At the last count, the La Albiceleste attack line boast of top qualities that include Messi, Juventus' Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain as well as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that the Barcelona superstar has insisted that Argentina will be going to Russia to contend for the World Cup title like every other country.

The forward scored a hatrick in their 4-0 win over Haiti in their World Cup build up game against Haiti on Tuesday, May 29.

However, he feels they are not favourites for this year’s edition of the championship despite arrays of stars included in their squad.

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