Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis

Ruben Hill
June 25, 2018

Messi has come in for a lot of criticism following Argentina's winless start to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Argentina have had a poor start to the World Cup in Russian Federation and will be eliminated should they fail to beat the Super Eagles on Tuesday night in Saint Petersburg. "We will give Lionel Messi to Lionel Messi", Malkina said, laughing.

Lionel Messi of Argentina reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Argentina and Croatia at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on June 21, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Tolisso acknowledged that, in case of having to play against Argentina, it will be necessary to pay particular attention to Messi.

However, despite their disastrous World Cup campaign, Mascherano has insisted that "the relationship with the coach is completely normal".

"And the manager, Jorge Sampaoli, has made so many mistakes since the start of the tournament, in choosing his team, making substitutions, everything".

"We don't realise that Messi is very good but I clarify that he is very good because he is accompanied by extraordinary footballers", he said.

Messi's fans believe that this might be a great surprise for Messi as he has been repeatedly criticised for his lacklustre performance in the fourth World Cup match against Croatia. "We have to be united, to express our opinions, and do everything possible so the team goes into the game in the best position". "He is one of the big names in Russian Federation who has made a strong start to this World Cup, in terms of goals, with four so far".

Meanwhile, midfielder Lucas Biglia acknowledged Argentina's future rests on more than the Nigeria result.

Victory against the Africans, who Argentina have beaten in all four previous World Cup meetings, will secure qualification for the last 16 as long as Iceland don't shock already-qualified Croatia. We faced them in November.

Though Ronaldo's victor against Morocco took him to 85 goals and made him the highest-scoring European in the history of global football, it would seem Fabregas has not been entirely convinced by the forward's recent contribution to matches.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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