Lionel Scaloni had been retired for a year and was feeling an emptiness inside that was difficult to ignore. The former West Ham full-back missed football so much that he was willing to ring Son Caliu, the amateur club next to his home in the island of Mallorca, to say that he was available to work with their kids if they had a position for him.
And so he did back in 2016. It was then, after a training session, that he heard the news that Lionel Messi had decided to quit international football. He couldn't believe it and decided to tweet a picture of his ex-team-mate in that year's Copa America final with a desperate message.