Brazil's football confederation says the country will complete its World Cup qualifying schedule without playing a single match in Rio de Janeiro.
Lionel Messi "is the only undisputed starter" for Argentina as they face a must-win match on Aug. 31 against Uruguay, Sampaoli said.
Rafinha is targeting a place in the Brazil squad for the 2018 World Cup and said he will fight Joshua Kimmich to become Philipp Lahm's successor.
Alves told Brazilian TV channel Canais Esporte Interativo there could be no comparison between Lionel Messi and Maradona.
With one year to go until the World Cup kicks off, we asked writers from around the world to summarise the state of qualifying play in their region.
For a while it looked as if Brazil would be South America's only worthy World Cup qualifier, but Argentina and Colombia seem to be finding their form.