A World Cup without Messi and Ronaldo should be unthinkable, especially so with the two players arguably facing their final chance to win the biggest prize that has eluded them both during their stellar careers. But they will expect to make it through.
The story was ran by Portuguese publication Record on Sunday, with the original report surfacing in Don Balon, but Gomes made it clear he had too much respect for his Coach and superstar to 'invent' something so farfetched. Suarez, however, has been lucky enough to go atop in the nomination list despite his success at Barcelona. Under Zinedine Zidane, though, Isco has thrived, becoming virtually undroppable. And are the majority of EPL clubs going to want them anyway?
At stake in Peru - fifth - versus Colombia - fourth - are the World Cup participations of superstars such as the Colombians Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez.
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has reportedly told his manager that this player does not suit the team's style.
Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final, while also finishing top scorer in the competition with 12 goals.
Teammate Messi is still looking to add to his trophy haul at Barcelona but will be desperate to add an international honour to his achievements as well.
In August, Paris Saint-Germain activated the release clause in Neymar's contract, paying Barcelona £199 million for the Brazilian forward. Would the same objection be heard if a London club came in with an offer, for example?
A Catalonian breakaway from Spain has long been on the cards but not in the manner the current bitter and violent circumstances suggest it may happen.
Yet with only two points separating third-placed Chile (26 points) with seventh-placed Paraguay (24), any number of permutations are possible.
"What Dybala said is amazing", he added.
The Albiceleste were runners-up at the 2014 World Cup but are in real danger of missing out on next year's showpiece tournament in Russia.
If he isn't already world class, he's very close to becoming so, which is frightening given how young he is.
The sense of anxiety was reflected by La Nacion newspaper.
The Uruguay boss insisted the five-time Ballon d'Or winner cannot do it all for Argentina.
Would that be acceptable?
For Ronaldo and European champions Portugal it's simple against Switzerland in Lisbon on Tuesday: Turn up, win, qualify.
Argentina might not make it to the next World Cup - Can Lionel Messi deliver?
Argentina have to win.
Instead, fans are encouraged to prepare "oven-baked potatoes or sweet potatoes" and opt for breadsticks or carrot sticks over salt-laden crisps.