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Don’t return home if you lose to Nigeria, Maradona warns Argentina coach

Don’t return home if you lose to Nigeria, Maradona warns Argentina coach

Time is running out for Lionel Messi to bring Argentina a Soccer World Cup, which would give him the one thing that's missing from a career that ranks among the greatest.

Ahead of Thursday's critical World Cup match against Croatia on the banks of the Volga River, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli tried to temper the expectations weighing on his star player.

"We have had some hard moments with the national team", states Messi, who has admitted he may call time on his Argentina career once and for all at the end of this World Cup.

"Failing a penalty doesn't mean anything because he is the first one who wants to fix that and revert the situation, and he knows he can count on us now more than ever".

Ramos replied: "In Argentina they know that Maradona is light years away from the best Argentine player in history, which for me is Leo Messi".

"I see him very relaxed and he has a lot of confidence". He looks calm to me.




"A revolver called the World Cup is put to his head and if he doesn't win it, it fires and kills him. All the family here is supporting him". "Every Argentinian has the No. 10 of Messi and the No. 10 of Maradona, that is priceless".

That near miss was then followed by two consecutive Copa America final losses with the second bringing about a shock worldwide retirement.

"They [Iran] went out to waste time, whereas we like to win in a different way, we leave happy".

A few hours after his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo announced his arrival at Russian Federation 2018 with a stunning hat-trick against Spain, Messi knew he dare not miss as he was presented with a penalty that would have nearly certainly secure his side a victory. "I think that's quite unfair". They would have opened a little more and we could have found more spaces. We will try to pass this quickly, " said the five-time Ballon d'Or victor. That slip has piled the pressure on Argentina to win the second game against Croatia, which defeated Nigeria 2-0 in its opener.

"I believe that in the first match we were unable to take advantage of the favorable chances we had".

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