Messi under pressure as Ronaldo scores again

Hope Soto
June 22, 2018

Argentina were being held to a 0-0 draw by Croatia at halftime in their World Cup Group D match on Thursday in a scrappy game that saw chances wasted at both ends.

These are the things that can happen in footbaootball legend Davor Šuker believes Argentina are favourites against his country in today's Group D Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup game due to the presence of Lionel Messi but states they will go into the game without fear.

While a 1-1 opening-game draw with Iceland wasn't ideal, the crushing defeat to Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod was far more damaging and left Sampaoli to question his own game plan. If Argentina is better, they should congratulate them.

Croatia took the lead after a horrendous blunder by Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero in the 53rd minute, the stopper chipping a clearance straight to Rebic who lashed home a thunderous volley.

He is bearing the weight of expectations as Argentina seek a first World Cup trophy since 1986, desperate to crown his glittering career with a major global tournament success.

Messi's best moments in an Albiceleste shirt came under Alex Sabella, who took over in 2011.

For Messi another failure will mean more comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo not going his way but considering everything that has happened that simply isn't fair.

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For many Argentines, that means while he may be the world's best player now, Messi has not entered the same pantheon as Maradona "El Pibe" (The Kid) who won the 1986 World Cup.

"The defeat is my responsibility because I am the coach", he said.

"Argentina were ridiculed by Croatia and has jeopardised its future in the competition", La Nacion added. He's the country's top-scorer ever, with 64 goals in 124 games, and was the main reason they reached three finals in the last four years.

Argentina won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986 - the last with Maradona as the star player - but has not won any major title in 25 years.

Croatia stymied Messi for 90 minutes, not allowing even one shot.

All of these matches are available on fuboTV (Try for free). "As coaches we need to realize these things and I am the one who needs to accept that". "Right now we shouldn't compare these two players ..."

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