World Cup 2018: Mauro Icardi misses out on 23-man squad for Russia
Jorge Sampaoli announced Argentina 23 –man squad and chose Dybala next to Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain as attacking line up for World Cup Russia. However, Serie A’s top scorer, Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, is left out, despite scoring 29 goals in 34 games in Serie A this season.
The gossips says that Inter Milan star striker Mauro Icardi was not selected because none other than Leo Messi.
Everyone knows that Messi is very good friends with former Barcelona teammate Maxi Lopez. Now 23, Mauro Icardi stole Lopez’s wife – Wanda Nara (an Argentine media personality, football agent and the sister of Zaira Nara) 31 year old, whilst the Argentinean strikers played at Sampdoria together.
Since then, Messi himself banned any Icardi national call-up. Messi the captain of Argentine and one of the biggest footballers worldwide all time, exerts a lot of power in Argentinean dressing room.
Argentinean team is talented but inexperienced, with the 14 players never having been to a World Cup before, Argentina will play their World Cup game against Iceland on 16 June before games against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.
“We’ve decided on these names after a lot of analysis in every position. Cristian Ansaldi can play on either side. Meza gives you options either on the outside or on the inside of the pitch.”
“I spoke with Messi and I saw him as very enthusiastic for what’s coming up. Physically, he’s doing well. Sergio Aguero has been training normally since last week. Mercado won’t have any problems. We will see how Biglia arrives.”said Sampaoli.
Argentina almost failed to qualify for World Cupo Russia, before a hat-trick from Leo Messi in their final qualification game.
Argentina 23- man squad
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Willy Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate).
Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Federico Fazio (Roma), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino).
Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Angel Di Maria, Giovani Lo Celso (both Paris St-Germain), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala (both Juventus), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).