Sergio Ramos hits back at Diego Maradona with huge Lionel Messi claim

Referee Damir Skomina and assistants Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group D match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Ra

Lionel Messi needs help from Argentina squad after FIFA World Cup opening shocker with Iceland

"When people say that he doesn't feel it or that he plays for the national team out of obligation, that hurts as a mother and as a family". Messi may have to live with never winning a World Cup, and hopefully fans will agree with Crespo: he doesn't have to win one to be considered a legend.

On the show, Cuccittini said that it's Messi's dream to win a World Cup, but that the pressure he's under is enormous.

He has scored 64 goals in 124 global appearances for Argentina.

While much has been made of Argentina's over-dependence on their out-and-out star, who turns 31 this weekend and may well be at his last World Cup, Sampaoli said fortunately the obsession with Messi also destabilised others.

"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. He led the Argentina national team in a boycott of the press two years ago.

With four World Cup appearances but zero wins, Lionel Messi has experienced World Cup heartbreak before. "We'll see what happens and what he decides on the day", Pavon said.

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

Messi's status as one of the greatest players to have played the game has long since been assured, yet the critics argue that he needs global glory to cement his position.

The Barcelona great has often had a turbulent relationship with the Argentine media.

Argentina collected just seven points from eight games when Messi was missing for qualifying games, with that total transformed to 21 points in the ten games when he did start. He deserves to win the World Cup.

He added: "When we succeed with Argentina, everyone takes credit for it but when Argentina loses, it's always Leo's fault".

Messi may have been frozen out by Iceland yesterday, but he will be offered a second chance to get his World Cup up and running when Argentina play Croatia on Thursday.

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