Ahmed Musa Threat to Us - Argentina

Rúrik Gíslason playing the Iceland Nigeria match on Friday

Rúrik Gíslason playing the Iceland Nigeria match on Friday

But that did not stop Lionel Messi from celebrating his birthday. The team was an expected to be a strong contender to lift the trophy and Messi was the one of the big seed for the golden boot.

"I want to be able to talk to the players and make them understand what it means to wear the national shirt".

Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest footballer in history, has had a miserable World Cup and must turn it around immediately to save Argentina from a humiliating early exit from the tournament.

The second qualifier from the group will emerge on Tuesday after the last group matches as the Croatians are already in the second round.

All is not lost for two time Champions Argentina however, if they do beat Nigeria on Tuesday they will finish second in Group D and will progress to the knock out stages.

Reports suggest that Gonzalo Higuain will be drafted into Argentina's starting XI in place of Sergio Aguero. The draw against Argentina was an upset, but Iceland then dropped the next game 2-0 to Nigeria.

The Argentina federation were even moved on Saturday to confirm that Sampaoli would continue for the final group game among rumours of a rift between players and coach.

So Lionel Messi and team have to pull up their socks and put their best efforts to survive in the tournament.

During the 1994 World Cup in USA, Milla became the oldest player to score when he hit the bulls' eye against Russian Federation, setting a record as the oldest goalscorer in a World Cup tournament.

Messi scored twice when Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in the group stage four years ago.

Like England, Argentina is a country that loves football so much and sometimes we cross the line in the way we treat our star players. We closed down spaces and stopped Mascherano and other Argentina players getting the ball to him. Although Sampaoli did not reveal his line-up, he said he would change the team to get his talisman more involved.

There wasn't many people predicting that Argentina would be knocked out of the Group Stage of the World Cup, that kind of bad mess is normally left to England, but that's where the South American's are.

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