Juan Sebastian Veron believes it is time Argentina stop depending on Lionel Messi, and start working as a close group.

The Albiceleste boast a lot of big names in their squad, but continue to struggle in international competitions. And Messi has been ousted as the scapegoat.

Their weaknesses was brought to light at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when they crashed out in the last-16 of the showpiece event.

Former Manchester United and Inter star Veron told ESPN Argentina after seeing Pablo Aimar and Lionel Scaloni appointed as interim successors to ousted coach Jorge Sampaoli: “It’s time to build a group.

“Obviously, if Leo is eager [to be part of the national team], they would need to involve him little by little.

“I think we have to prepare the base and once and for all think about a team and not think about someone who can save us.

“Even more at this time, watching other national teams and how they faced the World Cup, it seems essential to think about a group.”

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