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Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Jordi Alba doesn't understand criticism of 'unique' Lionel Messi

Jordi Alba doesn't understand criticism of 'unique' Lionel Messi

Nevertheless, it is 32 years since Argentina last won the World Cup and 25 since their last silverware, the Copa America in 1993. "The team is lost", former Argentina worldwide Simeone can be heard saying.

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

Argentina captain Lionel Messi does not possess the same leadership quality as Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a former FC Barcelona player.

Argentina's 3-0 defeat to Croatia will go down in World Cup history as one of the most spectacular collapses, yet despite the clear anger towards Jorge Sampaoli, he won't be dismissed before the team's final group match.

Meanwhile, his great rival Lionel Messi saw his penalty saved as his Argentina side were held by a resilient Iceland a day later in Moscow.

"We knew if we lost we could be out", Ronaldo said.

Zabaleta, who was part of the team that reached the 2014 final, believes the Barcelona star could call time on his worldwide career should they fail to progress to the last 16. "The way they looked, I can not see Argentina qualifying now", he continued. "Come on", Messi said.

A pastor in Nigeria has urged his followers to pay him more than $2,000 to unleash a squadron of "prayer warriors" to help the country's footballers secure a World Cup win.

Mario Kempes, a 1978 World Cup victor with Argentina and analyst for ESPN, tweeted: "The spectacle was shameful and the farewell is increasingly closer!"

Worse was to come as Messi abruptly announced his global retirement following a penalty shootout loss to Chile, Argentina's second Copa America final defeat in two years, citing frustration at the way the game was run in the country. I think it's unusual because he is a very important player in the national team and he had little involvement, which is odd.

It's not particularly interesting simply to say Argentina is bad.

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.

On a closer look, scores of fans across the globe are hoping for a good show from Messi in the coming days.

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