Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates told former manager Jorge Sampaoli that they "no longer trusted him" during an explosive row, a new book has claimed.
The South American side endured a disappointing World Cup as they finished second in Group D before losing to eventual winners France at the last-16 stage.
The relationship between the players and their manager is believed to have reached breaking point after their 3-0 defeat by Croatia.
Argentine journalist Ariel Senosiain claims in his e-book Mundial es Historias that senior members of the squad confronted Sampaoli and his coaching staff.
One said: "We do not get what you say. We no longer trust you. We want to have an opinion."
When Sampaoli asked what they wanted an opinion on, he was told: "Everything".
The manager, who has since left his job, said: "So you are going to put the team together, direct in training, everything?", to which Messi replied: "‘You have asked me ten times which players I wanted in the line-up and which I didn’t, and I never gave you a single name. Tell me, in front of everyone, if I ever gave you any names."
Argentina went on to beat Nigeria in their final group game to progress to the knockout stages.
But during that match Sampaoli was spotted appearing to ask Messi if he should introduce Sergio Aguero from the bench.
The Argentinian FA took the decision last week to part company with Sampaoli.
They said: "Today, the Argentine Football Association and the former national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli, have mutually agreed to the termination of their contract.
"Likewise, the physical trainer Jorge Desio and the video analyst Matias Manna have also left.
"Next Tuesday it will be decided who will be in charge of the under-20 team in the COTIF L’Alcudia 2018 tournament.
"The association thanks the professionals for their work with the team during their time."
Messi has yet to confirm whether he will continue to make himself available for selection.
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