Messi to have more ball time against Nigeria

7 Argentina fans filmed fighting at World Cup detained by Russian police

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor initially brought his global duty to a brief halt in 2016, before earning a call up months later to guide Argentina to the 2018 World Cup.

When Argentina needed Lionel Messi during their qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, he scored a crucial hat trick to get them to Russian Federation.

"I would just like to say that when the mission and the shirt that we represent is much bigger than any type of interpretation you may be making, then we will be all united together for the same goal".

However, bouncing back will take a huge improvement in performance and strength of character so far unseen from the two-time world champions in Russian Federation.

Diego Maradona reportedly asks for a meeting with the Argentina national team before their final group game against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Mascherano said he had played under eight national team coaches in his Argentina career and none of them had complained afterwards that the players had picked the team.

"Messi does not have any substitute here, in Barcelona or anywhere in the world".

Leicester City's out-of-favour striker Ahmed Musa wrote himself into the World Cup record books by scoring twice to fire Nigeria to their first win in Russian Federation against Iceland.

The star forward insisted that he will not give up on his dream of bringing the World Cup back to Argentina amid retirement rumours.

"If he had the ball less than usual it's because Argentina didn't dominate the match as we did against Iceland".

In another extraordinary twist following an nearly unfathomably chaotic few weeks, TV reports back in Argentina claim President Mauricio Macri has contacted Aguero to check on the wellbeing of Messi, who, it is said, has been distant and quiet within the camp since the start of the tournament.

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

He said: "Let's not pretend that you can win the cup alone".

So far in Russia, Messi has been held scoreless. The Albiceleste is bottom of group D table, two points adrift of second, and need a win against Nigeria to stand any chance of progressing.

"Sometimes, when you play for a draw, you get punched in the face late in the day".

Meanwhile, Argentine authorities said they have identified four Argentine fans filmed fighting.

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