Argentina star is desperate and frustrated says Mascherano


It's now or never for Argentina That man is Lionel Messi, whose inability to win a major trophy with Argentina has dogged his record-breaking career.

La Albiceleste have won their previous five World Cup encounters against the African nation.

The second qualifier from the group will emerge on Tuesday after the last group matches as the Croatians are already in the second round.

Nigeria will qualify with awin over Argentina. But they will be keeping a close eye on Croatia vs Iceland, which will be happening simultaneously.

Like England, Argentina is a country that loves football so much and sometimes we cross the line in the way we treat our star players. But let's address the problem. "In the rules it doesn't say if it is (Lionel) Messi or Ronaldo".

Now, don't get us wrong.

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Before Sergio Aguero's goal in the Iceland game, which only earned a point, no Argentina player other than Messi had scored in 600 days. I hope that tomorrow it will not just be the 23 who are here, or the more than 50 people who make up the delegation. Yes, he's capable of beating them all but that's where the problem lies.

During said talks, the players reportedly told Sampaoli that they had lost faith in his tactics.

So Lionel Messi and team have to pull up their socks and put their best efforts to survive in the tournament.

Zabaleta, who won the 2005 Under-20 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics alongside Messi, wrote in his column for the BBC: "The happiest I saw Messi when I played alongside him for Argentina was in 2012 - he scored a hat trick against Brazil in NY and played the whole game with freedom and a smile on his face". We always listen to cumbia, a traditional Argentine music, before the game. The backline is nearly embarrassing to watch and looked really under-confident against Croatia.

Argentina players had held meetings at their base camp hours after a disastrous 3-0 loss to Croatia and asked for Sampaoli's immediate removal as manager, according to reports on Thursday night. It is going to be fire-for -fire, " Musa said. Will Argentina finally step up or is Nigeria going to do the unthinkable? We are getting a great price wagering on Nigeria to win and as result, it is the best bet for this match. Argentina needs some confidence building and if it doesn't happen now, it probably won't happen at all. If Iceland wins, then Sampaoli's side can still qualify if it beats Nigeria by two more goals than Iceland wins its game.

Click play to watch the Argentina players looking relaxed ahead of their third and final group game. Argentina are odds-on favourites to snatch a victory at 11:20 while Nigeria has odds of 11:2 stacked against them.