Messi will star for the good of Argentina - Sampaoli

Messi will star for the good of Argentina - Sampaoli

Messi will star for the good of Argentina - Sampaoli

Even if Iceland claim a first ever World Cup victory, Argentina could still progress on goal difference.

Zabaleta played alongside Messi in the 2014 World Cup, which saw Argentina beaten by Germany in the final.

Finally, he said he was a "fan of Mexico" and explained that their performances so far had won him round - although, despite two wins from two, they still need a point from their final game to reach the last 16.

South American media had reported rumours of a crisis in Messi's marriage after his wife initially did not travel to Russian Federation to support him in the World Cup.

No official change has been made, but now TyC reports that the president of Argentina's soccer federation, Claudio Tapia, is supporting the players in their attempt to wrest control of the team away from Sampaoli.

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Messi salvaged a disastrous campaign under three different managers with a hat-trick away to Ecuador in the Albiceleste's final qualifier.

He told the London Mirror, "It means so much because for Argentina the World Cup is special - and for me too."I've always had the dream of watching me raise the World Cup".

"But as a collective, where things don't go as we'd like, we all have our own frustrations".

Lionel Messi 's stunning WAG Antonella Roccuzzo has travelled to Russian Federation and will watch her husband's crunch match against Nigeria tonight from the stands amid rumours of a marriage crisis.

He is one of various animals testing their psychic credentials at the World Cup, including hippos Milya and Glyasik in Kaliningrad, Spartak the lemur in Yekaterinburg and Harry the otter in Sochi. Nigeria can advance with a draw as long as they stay ahead in goal differential if Iceland beats Croatia.

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