Diego Maradona: Lionel Messi's not to blame for anything

Diego Maradona: Lionel Messi's not to blame for anything

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.

The legendary Argentine forward has now also scored in three World Cups, and has played in four.

Victories by both Argentina and Iceland would mean the second spot in Group D would come down to goal difference, which Argentina now trail by one.

After scoring twice against Iceland, Ahmed Musa has more goals in this World Cup than the likes of Messi, Sergio Aguero, Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez.

Despite the demands of the players, Sampaoli was given a stay of execution by Tapia after being summoned to the President's room at Argentina's base in Bronnitsy, 60 miles outside Moscow.

I would like to speak with you and tell you that you are not to blame for anything.

Nigeria vs Argentina: Eagles face wounded Argentina in make-or-mar tie
Anything less than a victory will see Argentina being knocked out of the group stages in World Cup for the first time since 2002. Ten summers ago, Argentina's best young players took on their Nigerian equivalents for one of the greatest prizes in sport.

"He is a human being who has his frustrations because things haven't worked out, but so are we all".

All is not lost for two time Champions Argentina however, if they do beat Nigeria on Tuesday they will finish second in Group D and will progress to the knock out stages. Even victory could see them exit the tournament if Iceland beat Croatia by enough goals.

The Argentina squad have greeted their own fans outside their team hotel in St. Petersburg ahead of their crucial Group D clash against Nigeria.

"You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals".

Diego Maradona celebrating Diego Maradona before a crucial World Cup match.

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