Lionel Messi's Former Teammate Identifies the Reason He Flopped with Argentina

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Fabregas also praised former Barcelona teammate Messi and bemoaned Argentina's lack of quality as they have drawn with Iceland and lost to Croatia putting them on the brink of an early World Cup exit. Notably, this will be the last World Cup in which the Argentinian great will play.

A sculptured cake in the likeness of Lionel Messi has been made by Moscow confectioners in celebration of the Argentine's 31st birthday.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored hat-trick in their 3-3 draw against Fabregas's country men and also with the winning goal against Morocco in their second Group B game on Wednesday.

Messi, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday, is now preparing to face Nigeria in the vital Group D clash on Tuesday.

"What is happening right now is what has happened to the national team over the past four years, unfortunately: anarchy", Simeone said.

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Argentina's struggles in Russian Federation come after their pre-tournament preparations were wrecked by controversy and poor form, coupled with a reliance on a top-heavy, limited squad.

Malkina said she has been in touch with the team to present him with the sculpture - "We will give Lionel Messi to Lionel Messi", she said, laughing - before it goes on display in Bronnitsky, the suburban town that has hosted Argentina's training base.

"The team is all wrong, but it is Argentina and I believe that it will happen", Simeone said.

"It is clear that in the dressing room players are beating each other up but in these situations, you need someone to fight".

Simeone meanwhile was scathing of error-prone goalkeeper Willy Caballero, whose howler led to Croatia's opening goal. Many of us thought that he would carry this stunning form into the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation but it has not been the case so far.