Brand "Messi" unblemished by poor World Cup

Cesc Fabregas Lionel Messi

Cesc Fabregas Lionel Messi

Simeone said: "The goalkeeper has done this before hasn't he German, he did it against Spain, against Italy when they hit the post, and if you slip up like that in a World Cup, it's a goal".

Argentina nearly failed to qualify for the World Cup in the first place.

With Messi struggling for form and yet to score in Russia, Simeone indicated that he would prefer to have Ronaldo in his team.

Lionel Messi isn't supposed to exit the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the group stage.

The team have been undermined by a broader crisis afflicting the Argentine game, tangled up with politics and a power struggle in the AFA (Argentine Football Association) management that broke out in 2014.

Former AFA head Luis Segura quit after he and six other AFA directors were indicted on suspicion of embezzlement over the distribution of broadcasting revenues.

Aside from Cristiano Ronaldo, who has all four of Portugal's goals in its two games, numerous biggest names are off to a shaky start. When in Barcelona, all is well, he is a terrific player.

Messi's future became practically an affair of state when Argentina's President Mauricio Macri called on him to stay. "If you like football you love to see Messi".

Jorge Sampaoli, with the blessing of Messi, pleaded for patience as he was drafted in as Argentina's third coach in two years.

"We don't help him so much and by that I mean coaches, presidents of federations etc", he said. "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".

But even Argentina's coach, following another disappointing worldwide result for Argentina, has admitted that the team is not built to showcase Messi's incredible talent.

Messi on the other hand missed a penalty in Argentina's opening match with Iceland, which they drew 1-1, before going missing in their shocking 3-0 defeat by Croatia.

'Everyone is so angry at home. "I know it'll be a war against me", said Queiroz, who coached his native Portugal and Ronaldo at the 2010 finals in South Africa.

Argentina went into this game with the hope of them getting a win after drawing their first match against Iceland, but they were embarrassed by Croatia who were superb in this tie.

The maths is simple: if Argentina beat Nigeria and Iceland fail to win against Group D leaders Croatia, they will go through to the last 16.

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