Argentina legend Diego Maradona has advised Lionel Messi to make his retirement from the national team permanent.
The Albiceleste had an underwhelming World Cup crashing out in the last-16 of that tournament, with the squad riddled with internal conflicts and substandard performances.
Sampaoli lost his job as a result and Messi has not been named in the Argentina squad by new interim manager, Lionel Scaloni in their last two games.
And while the Barcelona star has refused to confirm his international future, his former Argentina boss believes he should not return.
“What would I tell Messi? To not come back any more. To retire,” the current Dorados coach told Clarin on Sunday.
“The Under-15s lose and it is Messi’s fault, the fixture list in Argentina puts Racing against Boca and Messi is to blame. He is always to blame. Stop breaking my balls.
“I would tell him: ‘don’t go anymore, man’. Let’s see if they can handle that. Let’s see if they’re really big men.
“I would have liked to see him tell us all to f**k off. Because he is not to blame for us not being world champions. Fine, we all placed our hopes in him, but when you go to the racetrack you hope your horse wins and he comes in eighth.
“In Formula One Vettel has a great engine and Hamilton beats him. Right now the national team doesn’t do anything for me or for the people. We have lost that. The passion. It cannot play against Nicaragua or Malta, no, brother. We are throwing all the prestige we earned down the toilet.”