Alba: I don't understand the criticism of Messi

27 June, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Croatia sit pretty with six points at the top of Group D. Nigeria are second on three points while Iceland and Argentina have just one point apiece from their opening 1-1 draw, though Lionel Messi's side are bottom on goal difference.

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Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo regained control as the 2018 World Cup scoring leader Wednesday against Morocco.

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The obvious reason being that Portugal is a team led and inspired by a confidently focused captain Ronaldo as opposed to Argentina which adds up to a pressured Messi and 10 splintered players under the direction of a coach who seems totally out of control in getting things organized....

Aside from Cristiano Ronaldo, who has all four of Portugal's goals in its two games, numerous biggest names are off to a shaky start.

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Lionel Messi's Argentina face their World Cup day of destiny, needing a win to have any chance of progressing after France topped their group despite a stalemate against Denmark.

"It was a similar story for Messi against Croatia, but it was not all his fault", he said. 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. Speaking to media about their sweet gesture, Chief Confectioner Daria Malkina said that after his team found out that it was Messi's birthday, they had this idea of baking a massive cake for the football star. You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals.

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

"You have to give him credit, of course, but his goals have come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes".

Messi is yet to provide a goal or an assist in Russian Federation and Sampaoli's men need a win over Nigeria Tuesday to have any chance of reaching the last 16.

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