Argentina star is desperate and frustrated says Mascherano

Even if Iceland claim a first ever World Cup victory, Argentina could still progress on goal difference.

Messi's fans believe that this might be a great surprise for Messi as he has been repeatedly criticised for his lacklustre performance in the fourth World Cup match against Croatia.

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (2ndR), midfielder Javier Mascherano (C), forward Sergio Aguero (2ndL) and midfielder Ever Banega arrive a training session at the team's base camp in Bronnitsy, on June 23, 2018, during Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

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This is Argentina's worst defeat at World Cup since 1958 and also their worst start since 1974 as Lionel Messi failed to help his national team. Notably, this will be the last World Cup in which the Argentinian great will play. We closed down spaces and stopped Mascherano and other Argentina players getting the ball to him.

"Leo is fine", insisted veteran midfielder Javier Mascherano, who knows Messi better than most having spent eight years as his club teammate at Barcelona. "He's a key player, but he's a human being who has his own frustrations".

"Like it our not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it".

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Russian Federation 2018 is supposed to be the redemption tournament for Lionel Messi - his last realistic chance to get the proverbial monkey off his back.

They were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland and then crushed down to a 0-3 defeat against Croatia as Argentina stand on the brink of elimination to be given some hope by Nigeria on Friday evening (June 23).

Argentina will face Nigeria in St. Petersburg on Tuesday in a game vital to their chances of moving on.

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The sculpture is complete with the light blue and white kit of Argentina, and Messi is also seen with his lower right arm tattooed, as in real life.

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