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Argentina can win World Cup says Messi

15 June, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Koke Warns About Cristiano Ronaldo's Dangerousness in Games

"They both arrive at this World Cup probably as the last one", Mourinho said on Thursday.

Enzo Perez's call-up as a last-minute replacement in the Argentina squad made his country the oldest team at a second World Cup in a row, with an average age of 29 years, six months and 24 days.

Despite being the second most populous nation, 1.25-billion-strong India has long struggled in world football and is now ranked 97 in Fifa's rankings.

Turning 31 during the group stage, Messi likely has his last good chance to win a World Cup.

"It will be tough to play against him [Messi] but as long as he is frustrated and can't score, we're happy".

Aside from the obvious Lionel Messi, there's Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, the new wonder Paulo Dybala and (of course) the creative force, Angel Di Maria.

Spanish football player Jorge Resurreccion " Koke" warned here today about the danger of Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who he will face on Friday in the Spanish's World Cup debut in Russian Federation.




Now preparing for their first World Cup, Iceland face Argentina and Messi, Ronaldo's long-time rival in the quest to be recognised as the greatest player on the planet.

These qualities make him the bane of numerous opposition's defence as he alone, can wreak havoc and create chances for his team, especially from the flank which could compliment the brilliance of Messi and the talents of the other strikers.

Maradona's shadow looms large for Messi, but the Argentina side that triumphed in 1986 had a much better blend and balance than the current crop.

The near misses have certainly piqued national frustration and Messi, naturally, is the most obvious target for that.

That however is not Messi's fault as he has used the resources available to him and every other player in this era and has still managed to fill the turnstiles whenever he appears. Such is the hysteria that Messi's biographer, Sebastian Fest, said it had got to the stage where "it nearly amuses him not to sing it". A "win it for Messi" attitude has taken root and that close bond could yet carry Argentina far even if, for all their self-induced problems, they have not been blessed with luck. "It was our first game in a major tournament and they couldn't beat Iceland so it was not nice for them".

And just last November, he reiterated his belief that Messi is the best player in history, according to TyC Sports.

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