Lionel Messi "is the only undisputed starter" as Argentina face a must-win World Cup qualifier on Aug. 31 against Uruguay, manager Jorge Sampaoli said on Tuesday.
"I have had the good fortune to arrive with the national team at the time that Messi's ban was lifted," Sampaoli said during a news conference on Tuesday. "We have the best player in the world [in Messi]. From him the team is born."
Two-time world champions Argentina are currently fifth in their qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup.