If you want to arouse the anger of Argentina national team skipper, Lionel Messi, just accuse him of influencing the Argentina team selection.

Messi, whose hat-trick took Argentina to the World Cup last month, has been accused of selecting coaches and influencing which players do and do not make the squad in the past.

The Barcelona forward, however, criticised the "ridiculous" comments which have been made about him.

"It makes me angry that people say so many things so easily,” Messi told ESPN  about his thoughts on the suggestion he runs the Argentina team.

"People say a lot of things without knowing. So, on one hand, it makes me angry. But, on the other hand, I am used to everything that they say.

"I am used to all the ridiculous things they say not just about me, but about this group (of players) from the last few years, so I can live with it.”

In an interview with TyC Sports, Messi added that the people making the comments were showing a lack of respect, not just to him, but to his international teammates.

"It's a lie that I put my friends and the coaches I want in the national team. I'm just one more player in the team," the Barcelona forward said.

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