Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi has admitted that he could retire from the international stage for a second time if his country gives a poor account of themselves at next year's World Cup tournament in Russia.
The forward famously quit the national side after they were trumped at the Copa America final by Chile in 2016, only to go back on his decision two months later.
He has said, though, that he might not remain part of the squad if the 2014 World Cup finalists don't perform up to standard.
"Mascherano? I'm not going to tell you what he told me, but I'll understand if he leaves, he wants to play more," Messi said after questions relating to the 33-year-old's future.
"I understand Masche. The best thing is to play and enjoy yourself, and he doesn't think he'll get minutes here.