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26 June, 2018, 16:56 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Bakers of Altufyevo Confectionery prepare a life-size chocolate sculpture of Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi to top a cake for the celebration of his upcoming birthday in Moscow

Now Maradona - the man who led Argentina to their 1986 triumph in Mexico - wants permission to speak to the squad in a bid to lift their morale ahead of their decisive third group game against Nigeria.

"The Argentinian national team is world-renowned, so, naturally, we could not forget about such an important event as the birthday of its captain", said Sports Minister of the Moscow Region Roman Teryushkov.

The South Americans are on the verge of a group-stage exit in Russian Federation after a shock 1-1 draw with Iceland and a thumping 3-0 defeat to Croatia.

Argentina are bottom of Group D on one point, but have hope of going past Nigeria (three) and Iceland (one).

If Argentina fail to beat Nigeria, as they did 3-2 in the group stages of the last World Cup, then they're out.

"The best coaches in the world also ask the players for their opinion, because the player is the one who ends up making the decisions", Mascherano told reporters after the Croatia loss.

Reports from the Argentina camp say the Albiceleste have passed a vote of no confidence in their Manager, Jorge Sampaoli and have elected the big players, Lionel Messi, Javier Mescharano and Angel di Maria to pick the team that will play against Nigeria tomorrow.

Messi has looked a shadow of the player who arrived in Russian Federation looking to prove himself as the world's finest footballer.

The experienced Ever Banega and Angel Di Maria will start - after sitting out the Croatia game - offering the side the much-needed creativity, width and space.

The pressure is on Argentina as they take on Nigeria in Group D on Tuesday night.

"So obviously I think we could work together", said Dybala last week, as per FourFourTwo.

"The way the match was structured against Croatia didn't suit Messi".

Recalling some fond memories Musa said: "I can remember four years ago when Messi played in Brazil I scored two goals, and when I transferred to Leicester I played against Barcelona and he's on the pitch and I scored another two goals".

He has a contract until 2022 and with the Argentina FA in severe financial difficulties, would usually expect to lose his job if they are eliminated.

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