Moscow confectioners build life-size chocolate Messi for his birthday

Moscow confectioners build life-size chocolate Messi for Argentine striker's birthday

In an audio recording published by Spanish media outlets, the former Argentina worldwide said the current squad lacked leadership on and off the field following Thursday's 3-0 rout by Croatia in Group D.

If there is one trophy that makes Lionel Messi "one of the" and not "the" Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T) in football is the FIFA World Cup or any other global major for his country.

However with Ronaldo now 33 and Messi 31, Mourinho believes their time at the pinnacle of the game is coming to an end and he doubts that either player will represent their respective Country's at the next World Cup in Qatar.

Ronaldo is at the moment top joint scorer on four goals in two matches with Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, who have also scored brace in each of the two matches for his national team.

And whilst Ronaldo is making the most of his chances, the Chelsea midfielder claimed Messi is struggling to match his output due to having the weight of Argentina's hopes on his shoulders as he weighed in on the debate surrounding the two greatest players now in the game. "So we can not give up on that dream", Messi was quoted as saying by The Sun. "The question I ask is if you have to choose between Messi and Ronaldo in a normal team, who would you choose?"

Croatia in euphoria after stunning win over Argentina
As Spiro hinted, there are some remarkable parallels between this match and France's final group game at the 1998 World Cup . According to former Argentina national soccer teammate Pablo Zabaleta, the World Cup forward is "stressed and unhappy ".

Sadio Mane scores as Senegal held to World Cup draw
Don't miss a moment of the World Cup! "He's a bit shy but he is a very good player", Southampton center back Maya Yoshida said. Senegal went ahead for the second time in the match when Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net on 71 minutes.

Tearful Neymar is a joyful boy, says Jesus
On a handsome cross from Douglas Costa , Neymar slotted home the victor with a superb volley, one on one against Navas. Even when Navas was beaten, Neymar curled inches wide as he bore down on goal midway through the second half.

Birthday celebrations may have to be put on hold, however, as Argentina are on the brink of exiting the Word Cup with only one point on the board and a final group game against Nigeria on Tuesday (June 26), which they must win and hope other results go their way to stay in the competition.

Simeone's sensational tirade, reported to be an audio message sent on mobile platform WhatsApp to Atletico assistant coach German "Mono" Burgos, emerged hours after Argentina's heaviest defeat in a World Cup group stage since 1958.

However Simeone said Argentina needed to rediscover their fighting spirit to have any chance of progressing.

Simeone meanwhile was scathing of error-prone goalkeeper Willy Caballero, whose howler led to Croatia's opening goal. Simeone said. "He did it against Spain, and against Italy".

Roccuzzo has watched Argentina's disappointing World Cup campaign from her home city of Rosario, in the Argentinian province of Santa Fe so far but has travelled to St Petersburg for tonight's match.

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