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Real Madrid captain Ramos snaps back at Maradona over Godin taunt

21 June, 2018, 22:11 | Author: Hannah Francis
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Diego Maradona held up the shirt of Lionel Messi and kissed it as he waited for his beloved Argentina to kick off against Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium. It's one of his biggest desires. 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.

With fervent support like that roaring them on, how can Lionel Messi and his cohorts possibly fail to overturn Croatia and get their Group D qualification quest back on the right track.

The diminutive Argentine captain known as "La Pulga" (The Flea), has won every club accolade imaginable with Barcelona, but has agonizingly missed out on worldwide trophies both at the World Cup and Copa America. "Croatia have a generation of outstanding players who have just won", Sampaoli said.

"For those who criticise him, they should have seen him suffer and cry (for Argentina), as we have", she told Channel 13.

"I want to focus on how we will play because in the first match we were too focused on the result and so we didn't perform to our best", coach Age Hareide told reporters on Wednesday.

"This must be understood first by all Argentinians, and then by his team-mates". The pressure led Messi to quit, albeit briefly, from global duty in 2016 after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa Centenario. "He more than anyone would give everything for this to be his World Cup". Luckily, people love him a lot and they transmit that to him and he values this a lot.

"I see him much more relaxed, calmer and with more confidence", Cuccittini said.

Maradona said that the road to qualification is hard pointing Nigeria as a stubborn opponent that may stop them in their last qualification match.

Nigeria take on Iceland on Friday afternoon, with the final games in the group taking place next Tuesday.

"The atmosphere in the group is handsome [and] healthy and we are all enjoying the opportunity that we have".



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