Signs bad for Messi’s last chance to emulate Maradona

World Cup: 99.6% of Iceland's TV viewers watched Argentina draw

Argentina must understand the big difference between Messi and Maradona, says Crespo

Argentina got a rude shock in their opening match against Iceland and need to win their remaining matches against Croatia and Nigeria to be able to avoid the disgrace of an early exit from the Russia World Cup. "He more than anyone would give everything for this to be his World Cup".

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is planning major changes to his team for the South Americans' next World Cup match.

"I told him "This is the World Cup of 40 million [Argentinians]. As a mother, I do, too".

"I see him much more relaxed, calmer and with more confidence", Cuccittini said.

Yet the superstar who announced his retirement from global football in June 2016, only to reverse that decision a few months later, has admitted the pressures of leading his national team are far more demanding than his weekly duties with Barcelona.

Reacting further from her native home in Rosario, where Messi tied the knot with his childhood lover, Antonela Rocuzzo previous year, she stressed: "From here all his family are supporting him".

Cuccittini also said Messi's talent is not only on the pitch.

Spain national team, Captain Sergio Ramos has taken a swipe of Diego Maradona by claiming that Lionel Messi is the greatest Argentinean player ever. "I told him to do what he knows best, to enjoy himself and I've told him all his family are supporting him".

"It's a disgrace. Not having prepared for the match knowing that Iceland are all 1.90m tall..." In 2010, Argentina was again eliminated in the quarterfinals by Germany, and the 4-0 score was Argentina's largest margin of defeat since the 1970s. We can not dwell on it, lamenting what happened.

Messi's status as one of the greatest players to have played the game has long since been assured, yet the critics argue that he needs worldwide glory to cement his position.

"Luckily the nationality of the best player in the world is Argentinian", added former Chile and Sevilla boss Sampaoli.

"I see Leo well, just like the rest of my teammates, eager to hit back, to do things well in our next game and to work", Mercado said at a news conference in Moscow. We are aware what we are playing for.

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