Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Lionel Messi carrying Argentina with 'a revolver put to his head'

Lionel Messi carrying Argentina with 'a revolver put to his head'

The man, who regularly scores 50-plus goals a season, turns 31 at the end of June, and this is probably the last shot at getting his hands on a World Cup trophy.

Lionel Messi v Ivan Rakitic Argentina and Croatia are expected to advance from Group D and this match may become crucial in deciding who tops the group.

"Over the past week, we have been working on specific issues like set pieces", said Nahuel Guzman, another Argentina goalkeeper.

"I'm not saying it's a team of one player, but they cannot play without him".

Messi came closest when Argentina reached the final four years ago, only to lose to Germany in extra time.

He will have a chance to prove his future coach wrong at the World Cup when Spain play against Portugal in the group stage. "We know how risky he can be", Ramos told reporters in the pre-match press conference.

Such history of suffering fitness issues in global tournaments impacted Argentina in which his absence denied La Albiceleste such a significant creative force that could have lifted Messi to the winners' pedestal.

Ever the staunch supporter of Messi, Lineker laid down the case for his favourite player and wasn't afraid to criticise Ronaldo in the process.

I'm baffled at the ceaseless quality he displays, how he's always in the right place and almost always makes the right decision. how he makes everyone around him better. mostly?

Not that lifting the cup will take anything away from the fact that Lionel Messi is the best footballer of his generation but he, more than anyone, knows that to truly cement his place as the greatest of all time, he must lift the World Cup aloft at the conclusion of the Greatest Show on Earth in Russian Federation this summer.

It had been claimed earlier in the week that Lopetegui believes Lionel Messi is the best player on the planet.

For the sake of opinion, I asked my Twitter followers how they felt watching Messi play. The beauty of Messi is that he captivates his audience in a way that's never been done before. "If you were to only look at goal-scoring, sure Ronaldo and Messi are in competition".

Despite being the second most populous nation, 1.25-billion-strong India has long struggled in world football and is now ranked 97 in Fifa's rankings.

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