Lionel Messi to get special gift from Moscow

A life-sized chocolate sculpture of Lionel Messi

Sampaoli said one of his main tasks had been to transmit positivity to his players, who may be feeling pressure with Argentina in last place in Group D and on the verge of elimination.

Even though he's helped Argentina reach three consecutive finals - at the 2014 World Cup and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 - Messi remains under intense scrutiny in his homeland for his performances with the national team.

The 31-year-old, who is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the game, missed a penalty in Argentina's draw with Iceland and failed to have any impact in the Albiceleste's 3-0 loss to Croatia.

Maradona was seen to be extremely frustrated in the closing minutes of their latest game as he watched his side get picked apart by goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Messi was kept quiet as Argentina suffered their heaviest first round group stage defeat since 1958, but the Barcelona forward could yet have his say at what is likely his fourth and final World Cup. Argentina needs anything but an Iceland victory in that fixture to make sure that they keep their World Cup dreams alive.

‘Pebble treble’ is on but Brooks Koepka targets other majors
Open steadily descended into carnage as the day progressed. "The best players in the world are up there trying to win a U.S. Rose putted like a magician to be only one shot from the lead and give himself a chance of adding to his 2013 title.

Nigerian defender Brian Idowu admitted he would love Messi's shirt as a memento, but also wants to send Argentina packing.

We expect Argentina to continue misfiring against Nigeria as it has done so far at World Cup 2018.

This thinking stems from reports that the players from 1986 World Cup-winning side want to take over the federation, with players calling Jorge Burruchaga, now the general manager of the national side, to replace Sampaoli.

Though Ronaldo's victor against Morocco took him to 85 goals and made him the highest-scoring European in the history of global football, it would seem Fabregas has not been entirely convinced by the forward's recent contribution to matches.

The experienced Ever Banega and Angel Di Maria will start - after sitting out the Croatia game - offering the side the much-needed creativity, width and space.

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Yoga increases the flexibility of the body, makes it toned and supple, and also helps maintain a good body weight. People practice yoga at the Baihua Park in Xiajiang County, east China's Jiangxi Province, on June 21, 2018 .

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.

But Argentina is still a slight favorite to advance as the runner-up in Group D after Nigeria beat Iceland on Friday. He switched formations - to a shape that didn't suit Lionel Messi - and his personnel.

In their hour of need, Argentina need Messi's best once more.

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

Brazil, Switzerland win; Argentina gets huge boost on Day 9
All Brazil needs is a draw, while Serbia can advance with a draw as long as Switzerland loses by two goals to Costa Rica . Neymar told Brazilian media that there was nothing to worry about, and he is expected to return to training on Wednesday.

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