Messi says he does not know much about the Super Eagles

Messi says he does not know much about the Super Eagles

Messi is widely thought of as one of the best to ever play football, but there are many who feel that, in order for him to be on that level, he needs to taste FIFA World Cup success, something he so almost did in 2014.

But no matter how seemingly lethal and potent Argentina were with a full lineup, particularly with the presence of Di Maria, the stellar squad came up short in three occasions, the first and most important of which was the 2014 World Cup Final.

People focus too much on Messi for failing to bring Argentina to worldwide football glory, as if he is the only one responsible in that in coming up short.

That is a decidedly different take from Ronaldo, who has proclaimed himself to be the greatest player in the history of the game, and who may not like his new coach appearing to favor his rival.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar will always be mentioned within top-goalscorer discussions at major tournaments due to their incredible exploits at club level. They've got some decent players but if they do go all the way, it'll be down to him.

"The likes of Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain will also have to step up".

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"Many people talk about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Messi battle but there are other players who have chances to enter the race".

In theory, two-time World Cup champion Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing Iceland, which is making its first appearance at the tournament. I loved Argentina from before even Maradona. And yet his relationship with his country remains complex. Watching him play is such a privilege in itself that all arguments become moot.

At times, though, the criticism has bordered on the gratuitous, not least over his reluctance to sing the national anthem.

"Argentina's problem is that they are not psychologically prepared to play without Messi", Cherchésov told La Vanguardia.

They have also been placed in arguably the toughest group, with games against Croatia and Nigeria, who beat them 4-2 in a friendly last November, following Iceland. And now it is a lasting image of that tournament: Messi gazing at the World Cup trophy as he walked past it afterward, so tantalizingly close that he could have touched it.

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