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27 June, 2018, 02:48 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Messi is bearing the weight of expectations as Argentina seek a first World Cup trophy since 1986 desperate to crown his glittering career with a major international tournament success

Many of us thought that he would carry this stunning form into the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation but it has not been the case so far.

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has lept to the defense of Argentina star and Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi following his poor show at the World Cup.

"It was a similar story for Messi against Croatia, but it was not all his fault", Fabregas said referring to their Icelandic draw.

Ronaldo is at the moment top joint scorer on four goals in two matches with Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, who have also scored brace in each of the two matches for his national team.

However, the squad's latest 0-3 defeat at the hands of Croatia, which puts Argentina on the verge of early elimination following their 1-1 tie against Iceland, hangs over the team captain.

"You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals. He does not have the quality in behind him when he needs someone who can help him build up the play".

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But Fabregas points out that all of his strikes have come from either a set-piece, a penalty or a mistake.

Messi is yet to provide a goal or an assist in Russian Federation and Sampaoli's men need a win over Nigeria Tuesday to have any chance of reaching the last 16.

However with Ronaldo now 33 and Messi 31, Mourinho believes their time at the pinnacle of the game is coming to an end and he doubts that either player will represent their respective Country's at the next World Cup in Qatar.

"What's happening to the team right now is what has happened to Argentina in these last four disgraceful years: anarchy, no leadership from the players, coaches or directors".

Aika said his crack congregation was on standby and ready for action, "so that what has been destroyed can be readjusted to grant the Super Eagles divine favour all through the tournament".

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