Argentina's Lionel Messi looks 'stressed and unhappy' - Pablo Zabaleta

Mae Harvey
June 26, 2018

"He is a unique player, who unfortunately hasn't won the three finals he has played with Argentina and that isn't easy".

That's how an Argentinian sports show reacted to their national football team's stunning 3-0 defeat to Croatia at the World Cup in Russian Federation on Thursday (Friday NZ time).

With 6 points bagged with 2 opening games win, Croatia is at the top of the group D, followed by Nigeria (3 points) managing a victory in their second, Argentina (1 point) now lies at the nadir of the Group which has certainly turned out to be the Group of Death in Russian Federation.

On Tuesday, in the moments before the game against Nigeria, the young players in the Argentina squad who are at their first World Cup will need to know they can follow these guys.

The cat was presented with a choice of two bowls of food with Argentinian and Nigerian flags placed next to them, and Achilles preferred the latter one.

With only one point after two matches, Argentina are on the brink of an early exit from the World Cup.

Is Messi about to play his final match for Argentina?

With all four teams alive in Group D, things could get wild on Day 13 at the World Cup. However, he said changes will be made to "generate energy" in the team and that Messi will be more involved than he was against Croatia, when the five-time world player of the year had 47 touches fewer than Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

Argentina's head coach Jorge Sampaoli attends the official press conference at the St. Petersburg stadium ahead of their crucial clash against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Nigeria will take on Argentina in the final round of games in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

His body language was completely the opposite before the Croatia game on Thursday.

He celebrated his birthday along with his teammates who are in Russian Federation. Messi's Russian campaign threatens to be remembered for the tame penalty lick that cost Argentina victory against Iceland and the lacklustre performance that followed against Croatia. Even then, the goal difference will come into play.

He has a contract until 2022 and with the Argentina FA in severe financial difficulties, would usually expect to lose his job if they are eliminated.

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