Riquelme says Argentina just average without Messi

Edgardo Bauza’s Argentina are struggling in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, sitting fifth in the table with Messi having featured in just five of their 12 matches.

Riquelme, who made 51 appearances for his nation, said Messi’s absence reduced Argentina to being just like any other team – despite the presence of world class players such as Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano,…