Argentina Captain Lionel Messi to Receive World Cup Replica as Birthday Gift!

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But 43,000 spectators witnessed a stunned Messi walking off the pitch Thursday, looking dejected and defeated, after Croatia blanked the Argentines 3-0.

We're sure Fabregas' comments have nothing got to do with his Barcelona allegiances or that his childhood friend, and Ronaldo's great rival, Lionel Messi has performed terribly for Argentina during his sides opening two games.

Emmanuel Petit has explained the major difference between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after their contrasting starts to the World Cup.

O's boss Edinburgh believes if Messi can help his country win this year's World Cup it would ensure he will forever be remember as a great on the global stage.

"These days, Cristiano Ronaldo has a very different role for Portugal", Fabregas wrote.

Ronaldo took his tournament tally to four goals when he charged into the box, timing his run to perfection in the fourth minute to power in his header.

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"Messi's brand won't be badly affected by that performance as his track record is otherwise consistently excellent", said Allyson Stewart-Allen, chief executive of International Marketing Partners in London, after Messi's second poor showing, in a 3-0 loss to Croatia, left Argentina facing an early exit. "The way they looked, I can not see Argentina qualifying now", he continued.

Petit, who was part of the French World Cup winning side of 1998, berated Argentina for their start to their campaign in Russian Federation, with their 3-0 defeat against Croatia on Thursday backing up a 1-1 draw against Iceland in their opening game. 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".

"His goals have been set pieces, penalties or mistakes", said Cesc.

Argentina must win their final group game against Nigeria on Tuesday to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages, while Portugal need just a point against Iran on Monday to advance.

"I see two outsiders to win the title because of the two extraordinary players we are so fortunate to have in world football right now".

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