Simeone critcizes Messi, Argentina 'anarchy' in audio recording

Simeone critcizes Messi, Argentina 'anarchy' in audio recording

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.

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has lept to the defense of Argentina star and Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi following his poor show at the World Cup.

"These days, Cristiano Ronaldo has a very different role for Portugal - he mainly stays up front and you no longer see him running all over the pitch", he wrote in his column for BBC Football. 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. On a day where it starts to become more of a reality that the diminutive superstar won't, in fact, be around forever, fans and pundits alike have taken the opportunity to say thank you to Messi for his service to the game.

The Argentines are now preparing to play against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a final group D game which will determine their continual stay at the world cup. They should be proud to have Messi in their national team.


"So it is has been really hard for him".

Two below-par performances shouldn't bring about this myth that he doesn't do it for his country but it's clear that the team just don't get the best out of him - and while he's thrived under pressure in the past, he's been feeling the weight of a nation on his shoulders.

"Yes, he is playing well, but if you really look at what he has done, he has scored one penalty, one free kick, one goal from a corner and one with a shot that David De Gea should have saved".

Australia needed a win to stand any chance of reaching the last 16 for the first time since 2006, but they were undone by Carrillo's 18th-minute strike and Guerrero's goal early in the second half.

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