FIFA president praises Lionel Messi after World Cup showing

FIFA presidentGianni Infantino has said that Lionel Messi had been amazing for Argentina during their recent World Cup campaign and fancies the South American nation to come strong at the next edition of the global tournament. Argentina had to fight hard to progress from the group stage of the World Cup but they thereafter lasted just one game after being beaten 4-3 by France in the round of 16.

Speaking in a news conference, Infantino admitted that much was expected of Argentina during the tournament but Messi was amazing as always, he said: "Of course, Argentina expected a lot from the Argentinian national team, the whole world was looking forward to seeing Argentina, and in the end they lost during a very intense, interesting match against France, and France is now in the final... I am convinced that at the next World Cup we will see a very strong Argentinian team again. Messi was amazing, as always. He scored an amazing goal."

Diego Maradona offers to coach Argentina for free

Argentine legend Diego Maradona has expressed his desire to coach the national team for free after their dismal display at the ongoing World Cup in Russia. Argentina struggled to make the most of their star-studded attack from the start of the tournament and they eventually bowed out to France during the round of 16 stage.

Since then, there has been question marks regarding the future of Jorge Sampaoli and during a recent interview, Maradona has admitted that he would prefer a second chance of managing the squad for free, he said: “Yes and I would do it for free, I would not ask for anything in return. They think I'm happy but my heart hurts. I wish God gave me the strength to return to the field. The years and life go on for everyone and I get to 57 years of age watching my team beaten by a team that I do not think is one of the best at the World Cup. "It makes me feel bad - everything we built with much effort was destroyed very easily.”

Javier Zanetti: Lionel Messi has a lot of pressure to deliver for Argentina

Argentina legend Javier Zanetti believes Lionel Messi is under more pressure to deliver for the national side after witnessing them lose in the finals of the previous three major tournaments. The Barcelona star has won everything within reach at club level but he has yet to taste any form of glory with the Albiceleste.

Speaking to Mediaset, Zanetti admitted that Messi will once more be the focus of Argentina’s World Cup campaign and feels the burden will only increase on him, should the nation reach the final stages of the tournament, he said: “There is a lot of pressure on him, but not only in this competition but also in the past.

Lionel Messi wishes Argentina were more like Germany

Argentina international Lionel Messi has wished that his nation were more like Germany as they head into the summer World Cup in Russia. Joachim Loew’s side have undergone a tremendous transition from the World Cup triumph in 2014 and Messi is particularly impressed with the simplicity with which the Germans have regrouped.

He told TyC Sports: “I wish we were more like Germany and worked like them. They keep working on a long-term plan and rejuvenate the team at the right time.They’re already preparing for the next World Cup,they have a different way of preparing, letting people work, and judging them on what they do.”
Germany have included plenty of younger players in their squad for the upcoming global tournament and they seem to have already planned for the 2022 World Cup where they could still be under the guidance of Loew. The 58-year-old has witnessed the progress of the national team over the past 12 years and his achievements have seen recently seen him rewarded with a fresh four-year extension.

Argentine Legend Urges Jorge Sampaoli To Pick Team On Merit And Not Reputation

Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta has urged coach Jorge Sampaoli to find the right mix of players ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Argentina only progressed to the World Cup after Lionel Messi scored a match-winning hat-trick in the final qualifying game and they have since not enjoyed the best of times.

Diego Simeone: Lionel Messi ‘Decisive Factor’ In La Liga Pursuit

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has played down his side’s prospects of making a late challenge for the La Liga title. The Capital outfit currently trail Barcelona by nine points in the standings but Simeone has already admitted defeat after another Lionel Messi master class at Sevilla last weekend.

Lionel Messi Planning To Retire From International Football If Argentina Fail To Lift World Cup

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has suggested that he will retirement from international football, if Argentine fail to lift this summer’s World Cup in Russia. The 30-year-old has never won a major international trophy with his country, and this has created a difficult relationship between him and the country’s faithful.

Eden Hazard hails Lionel Messi as the 'greatest ever'

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has hailed Lionel Messi as the 'greatest ever' ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League last-16 tie versus Barcelona. The Blues are due to host the Catalan giants in the first-leg and Hazard is relishing the prospect of putting in a strong performance to help his side progress further in the competition.

Sergio Aguero content to remain at Manchester City

Argentina international Sergio Aguero has stressed that he is content to remain at Manchester City for the remainder of his contract. The 29-year-old has been with the Citizens since the summer of 2011, and he broke the club's all-time scoring record earlier this campaign after he surpassed Eric Brook's goal tally.

Aguero netted the third goal during the Citizens' 3-1 win over Watford in midweek, and shortly after the game, he expressed his intention to remain at the club until 2020 at the least, he said: "I have until 2020, I think. The truth is that I hope to see out my contract and I'll try to do my best from here until the end of the season, and after that we will see what happens with me. For me, yes. Obviously, my plan is not to change clubs. The truth is I'm very happy here but, as always, as I said before, the club has the last word."

Jorge Sampaoli Surprised by Loss against Nigeria

Jorge Sampaoli claims that he is surprised by the collapse of Argentina in a friendly game against Nigeria. Despite having a 2-0 lead in the game, Argentina witnessed a stunning comeback from Nigeria that resulted in the game finishing as a 4-2 defeat for the South Americans. It was a disappointing into the preparations for the World Cup 2018, and Argentina will be going into the World Cup 2018 in Russia with a lot of doubt in their mind. First and foremost is the inability to qualify comfortably for the competition, as the national team could only finish in the third position.

For long periods of the World Cup qualification campaign from South America, it looked like Argentina would miss out on the path to the World Cup. The national team had been logged in the fifth place, which meant a play-off, for much of the campaign. Yet, they managed to finish in the third place only because of teams like Columbia and Peru not being capable enough of taking advantage. The victory over Ecuador in the final qualification game sealed progress into the World Cup. Sampaoli has not been able to see a convincing performance from Argentina in recent months. After having narrowly beaten Russia in a friendly match, the national team would not have wished for such a shock loss.

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