Argentina's Jorge Sampaoli pleads with fans to lay off Lionel Messi

Argentina's Jorge Sampaoli pleads with fans to lay off Lionel Messi

Nevertheless, the former World Cup victor insists that coach Jorge Sampaoli is not the main culprit for Argentina's lacklustre form.

Messi was widely criticized by his home country's media after missing a penalty kick 63 minutes into Argentina's 1-1 draw with Iceland on Saturday. It's one of his biggest desires.

"It's not true. If you saw him, like we've seen him suffer and cry!".

"I see him very relaxed and he has a lot of confidence".

Reacting further from her native home in Rosario, where Messi tied the knot with his childhood lover, Antonela Rocuzzo previous year, she stressed: "From here all his family are supporting him".

"We suffer from all the criticism that Leo receives", Cuccittini said. The pressure led Messi to quit, albeit briefly, from global duty in 2016 after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa Centenario.

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.

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"There is a "Messi dependency" generated by Messi himself because of how incredible he is on the pitch, but we can not rest just on that. I respect this Croatian generation a lot". I told him to enjoy himself, to live in the moment and be happy.

"I still haven't confirmed the formation to the players".

"Leo is a divine son, a lovely brother, a better father and an incredible husband", she said.

"I don't know. It will depend how we do, how it ends", Messi told Catalan newspaper Sport before the tournament when asked if he will retire after this World Cup.

Meanwhile, Argentina defender Gabriel Mercado said Messi is excited about the Group D game against Croatia on Thursday.

"We have to change something in the team's dynamic as I see a group of players that obviously doesn't work well together". "Every match needs something, and if it's line of five then we'll do it - if it's a line of four we'll do it".

"The atmosphere in the group is attractive [and] healthy and we are all enjoying the opportunity that we have. We have a few days left to decide how we will play".

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