Messi is not a leader, he is no Ronaldo, claims Petit

Former Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas has figured out the main reason as to why Lionel Messi was not able to make an impact in the 3-0 loss against Croatia.

Coach Jorge Sampaoli during a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Sure enough, Caballero, with a scuffed kick that Ante Rebić calmly powered home on the volley, setting in motion an Argentina collapse which leaves them on the brink of World Cup elimination.

At the FIFA World Cup football this time, the superstar and Cristiano Ronaldo, the world's richest footballer, is on the run.

But the 25-year-old's journey to these finals in Russian Federation are much more of an achievement than tonight's spot-kick heroics.

Iceland held Argentina in 1-1 its opening match but needs to win its last Group D game after losing to Nigeria 2-0.

On the heels of Ronaldo's hat trick against Spain, Lionel Messi took the field against Iceland with goats trotting around him on the digital signage on the edge of the grass, a version of an ad in which he cradles a live goat, the implication being that he is the G.O.A.T. _ the greatest of all time.

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"I think that because of the reality of the Argentine squad, it sort of clouds Leo's brilliance", Sampaoli said through a translator.

Argentina face Nigeria in their final game next week and should still qualify with a win after the Africans beat Iceland on Thursday, although it could come down to goal differenct if Iceland beat Croatia.

NIGERIA'S highest goalscorer in the World Cup and two-goal hero against Iceland Ahmed Musa has assured Nigerians that he would produce goals when the Eagles tackle Argentina on Tuesday at St Petersburg, Russia.

"Whenever I play against Argentina, or whenever Messi is playing against me, I score", said the 25-year-old.

The report claims that Messi is particularly anxious that if Argentina failed to qualify for the second round, his dream of winning the World Cup would be dashed forever.The skipper who has been given one last chance to try and salvage his fledgling campaign by Nigeria's defeat of Iceland, says they must now beat the Eagles in their final group game to have any chance of progressing.

Musa said that his goals were made possible by collective efforts and thanked the team and coah Gernot Rohr for finding him worthy to start in Games.

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