Argentina's new soccer coach Jorge Sampaoli, right, embraces the President of Argentine Football Association (AFA) Claudio Tapia at the start of a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, June 1, 2017.
Former Sevilla boss guided Sevilla to fourth place in La Liga and the Champions League round of 16 last season.
Jorge Sampaoli has parted ways with Sevilla after just a single season at the helm in order to return to his homeland and take up the reins with the Argentina national team.
Only the first four teams at the end of the qualifying tournament will earn an automatic place at football's showpiece tournament in Russian Federation next year. "There are some very good teams trying to do the same thing as us", said Sampaoli, who has signed a deal until the 2022 World Cup.
That crisis prompted then-coach Gerardo Martino to quit and be replaced by Edgardo Bauza, who was sacked last month.
"I spoke with Leo yesterday and we are both excited about this project".
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Sampaoli replaced the sacked Bauza to ensure Argentina's form improves and they reach the 2018 World Cup.
But now after landing his "dream job" - his third in 18 months - Sampaoli will be tasked with leading Argentina through to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.
"We want the most genuine and pleasant version of the best player in the world, we want him happy here", Sampaoli said, adding that he'd spoken with Messi in recent days.
Argentina will play Uruguay on August 31 in its next World Cup qualifying match.
Another change Sampaoli plans involves Javier Mascherano, who has featured in midfield for the national team despite playing as a defender for Barcelona.
"It is a dream that I cherished for ages".