France Star Feels Sorry For Lionel Messi

France Star Feels Sorry For Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has previously suggested he will retire from global football if Argentina don't win in Russian Federation. "You can do everything OK and fail, like Argentina in Brazil". "We need to be outstanding to go ahead".

It's a courageous call from a man who hasn't set the world alight since taking the Argentina job, but we'll have to wait and see whether it pays off at 3pm tomorrow.

France and Argentina will officially kick things off in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16.

Another shake-up looms for the Argentina match, with Deschamps unlikely to have teenage juggernaut Kylian Mbappe starting on the bench again or to rest Paul Pogba. Oddsmakers have pegged Group C victor France as the slight betting favorite over Group D runner-up Argentina.

"We feel that, if we won't win the World Cup in Russian Federation, the only way will be to give up the national team", Barcelona man Messi told La Cornisa. He said: 'There is so much expectation around Messi, which I think is normal, but still I think the Argentina team has a lot to show.

Argentina have gone past the first round for the 12th time in their last 13 World Cup appearances, the only exception coming in 2002.

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The two-time World Champions had their backs against the wall in the group finale against Nigeria, but they pulled through and secured a 2-1 win thanks to a late goal from Manchester United centre-back, Marcos Rojo. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an global friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0. That win did not stop the criticism under Sampaoli, and now this will be the team's biggest challenge: to face a true contender, one filled with world-class players on both ends of the pitch. In the three group stage games, they managed to score only three goals and their final game against Denmark ended in a goal-less draw.

The South Americans looked in real danger of crashing out at the group stage before a dramatic victory over Nigeria saw them through to the last 16 as runners-up behind Croatia.

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"We want to control the game throughout, if we don't I am sure it will become a very physical game, which will not suit us at all".

Now, the Soccerbot has digested the film, crunched the numbers and broken down every single player on France and Argentina.

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