Messi says he does not know much about the Super Eagles

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"Mohamed Salah has reached a level that puts him alongside the greatest players", Hadji told Goal.

"We will cut a cake and distribute T-shirts among kids with Messi's face embossed on them", said Patra, a father of two. That of lifting football's most coveted prize, the World Cup.

Messi says he does not know much about the Super Eagles

Argentina forward Lionel Messi suggests that the South American nation are prepared for a tough set of fixtures during the group stages of the World Cup. The beauty of Messi is that he captivates his audience in a way that's never been done before.

In theory, two-time World Cup champion Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing Iceland, who are making their first appearance at the tournament.

The 2014 World Cup started a run of losing finals in three straight years, followed by the Copa America twice.

"The coach needs to know that he should be picking the players", Daniel Bertoni, the former Argentina winger, said. Argentina are definitely front heavy when it comes to quality with Messi, Di Maria, Aguero and Dybala all great options in attack, but the further back in the team you go the shakier it gets with Nicolas Otamendi their only defender playing at an elite club.

Messi, currently, stands on 30 hat-tricks in the league, and it wouldn't be impossible for the little magician to score five or more hat-tricks in a season to better Ronaldo's record. For one a tackle from behind was not considered a foul in stark contrast to the protection offered to players by officiating personnel in the modern era.

That however is not Messi's fault as he has used the resources available to him and every other player in this era and has still managed to fill the turnstiles whenever he appears.

These qualities make him the bane of numerous opposition's defence as he alone, can wreak havoc and create chances for his team, especially from the flank which could compliment the brilliance of Messi and the talents of the other strikers. And now it is a lasting image of that tournament: Messi gazing at the World Cup trophy as he walked past it afterward, so tantalizingly close that he could have touched it. Perhaps each's last chance, period.