Kaka On Lionel Messi's Struggles With Argentina

A life-sized chocolate sculpture of Lionel Messi

Messi has always proven to be prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker during his 14-year-long career (and still counting) at Camp Nou with Barcelona where he has won 32 titles and five ballons d'Or along with few other goal-scoring records.

Nigeria are going to beat Argentina in their final Group D match on Tuesday (2am, Wednesday morning, Singapore time) and send Lionel Messi and Co. packing.

Big football countries have a massive passion and they expect the players to win and perform well.

The second qualifier from the group will emerge on Tuesday after the last group matches as the Croatians are already in the second round. Nigeria are second with three points while Iceland and Argentina are tied with a point each.

Nigeria will qualify with awin over Argentina.

Iceland needs a win over Croatia to even enter the conversation.

Argentina are clinging to the hope their captain bails them out again. But let's address the problem.

"But the Argentines made such a bad impression on me that I gave up on asking Messi for his jersey".

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Now, don't get us wrong. We all know who he is.

He scored his first World Cup goal to open La Albiceleste's account against Iceland in the opening game, though things have gone down hill for the team since. "We'll try to make it better and hope that he will be able to receive the ball a lot more". Yes, he's capable of beating them all but that's where the problem lies.

Maradona insisted he "would love" to meet the Argentina players before the critical Nigeria game - and suggested that several of his former teammates should join him for the meeting. He was going to integrate the squad and play as a unit, something the team has forgotten to do since the rise of Lionel Messi.

According to the Daily Mail, the striker - who has had an underwhelming start to his World Cup campaign - will be sacrificed as Argentina switch to a 4-3-3 formation on their players' request. This team has lost the past three finals they have played. The results speak for themselves.

The oddsmakers like Argentina, but we don't. The backline is nearly embarrassing to watch and looked really under-confident against Croatia.

Is Messi about to play his final match for Argentina?

This thinking stems from reports that the players from 1986 World Cup-winning side want to take over the federation, with players calling Jorge Burruchaga, now the general manager of the national side, to replace Sampaoli.

Musa said he would like to return to CSKA permanently, but another stunning performance could see Europe's top clubs queueing up for his signature.

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