Lionel Messi celebrates with Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentina skipper wants the Juventus striker recalled for Russia 2018

Lionel Messi has demanded for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain to be recalled by Super Eagles World Cup rivals Argentina for Russia 2018 because he is “one of the best strikers in the world”.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has overlooked Higuain since a 1-0 win over Brazil in June, meaning he has missed his country’s last seven matches.

But Argentina skipper Messi said the former Real Madrid star has quality and his time away from the country’s team has done him some world of good.

“He is one of the best strikers in the world,” messi told TyC.

“He has to be there (Russia 2018) because he is an important player.

“I think the time he was away from the team did him some good as he now sees things differently from my discussions with him.”

Higuain has scored 11 goals in 21 matches for Juventus this season.

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