Lionel Messi carrying Argentina with 'a revolver put to his head'

Lionel Messi carrying Argentina with 'a revolver put to his head'

Les Blues are capable of reaching the latter stages of the tournament too and what better occasion to prove why you've been linked with some of the biggest clubs in world football.

To be fair to Messi, he is now rated second on that list, ahead of Christiano Ronaldo, George Best and Diego Maradona in that order. Social media is divided between the Messi and the Ronaldo cult with "fanboys" who take every opportunity to sling mud at each other on Twitter. Greg Johnson, editor-in-chief of the website "Football.London", believes Ronaldo has shown more adaptability than his rival throughout his career.

Group G fixtures see them up against Panama and Tunisia, before their final clash against England.

The Seleccion looked unlikely to qualify for a 13th consecutive World Cup finals, after the Barcelona star man initially announced his worldwide retirement in 2016.

It's been over two decades since Argentina has won an important trophy and has lost three straight finals, including the last World Cup. "The team will end up being his team, not mine", Sampaoli said of Messi.

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Icelandic footballers are the tallest at the World Cup in Russian Federation, with an average height of 1.85 meters (over 6 feet), making them especially strong in aerial duels in defense and attack. "Messi is a multifaceted genius and the best player on the planet", says Butt with unapologetic adoration.

Players, coaches and team strategists also have the luxury these days of studying an opponent's style of play to plot strategies on how to nullify strengths and exploit weaknesses through technology and training methods and nutrition have also improved beyond the wildest imaginations of players and sports administrators of old. For Ronaldo, it would at least put him in that conversation.

In an honest interview, the former Real Madrid striker sided slightly with the Barcelona forward.

"It's like the origin of football, like the origin of everything, that you do not need a lot of people, just the right ones, to make a big difference". Yet, ironically, it is this great rivalry that has fired up both to push themselves and topple more records.