Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, watches from the tribune during the international friendly soccer match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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Trailing 6-1, Lionel Messi had seen enough.A nagging muscular problem stopped Messi from helping his team avoid a debacle that will magnify concerns about Argentina's ability to finally win a World Cup with one of the best players ever.Losing in Madrid to a Spain squad that look as dominant as the 2010 world champions team could have been acceptable. But six goals are far too many for a group of players who must provide Messi with the supporting cast he needs to fill the biggest hole in his stupendous career.Sampaoli had hoped to have Messi back to play against Spain, but discarded him after the Barcelona forward still felt bothered during training Monday.Messi guided Argentina to the World Cup final four years ago in Brazil, only to lose to Germany 1-0 .
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