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Signs bad for Messi’s last chance to emulate Maradona

22 June, 2018, 02:24 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Sergio Ramos hit back at Diego Maradona's comments that he was "not a crack" player by saying that Lionel Messi is the best-ever Argentina player.

Croatia, who lead Group D after beating Nigeria in their opening game, looked increasingly composed but also faltered in front of goal, including a mis-directed header by Mario Mandzukic on the half-hour.

For Argentina's press, the result of the Argentina vs Croatia game was too much to bear. If Argentina is better, they should congratulate them.

Argentina's nightmare in Nizhny Novgorod began eight minutes into the second half when goalkeeper Willy Caballero horribly miscued an attempted pass, chipping the ball to Croatia forward Ante Rebic, who showed great technique to volley home.

However so far in Russia, Messi has been overshadowed by Ronaldo, who took his tournament goal tally to four on Tuesday with the victor in Portugal's 1-0 defeat of Morocco, which condemned the Africans to an early exit.


1 p.m. ET, France 1, Peru 0 (Final): France is on the move at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but the soccer world will miss Peru. "I am extremely hurt by this defeat, but I probably didn't understand the match the way I should have". Every next game is going to be more hard, but our main objective has been reached.

"He is the best player in the world and clearly it is impossible that a single player changes the situation of a match completely".

Next up: Denmark will play France, and Peru will face Australia at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday. The win puts the Croatians into the next stage, while the two-time World Cup champs are looking at an early exit.

However, Gerardo Martino, Edgardo Bauza and even Sampaoli on occasion have attempted to play Messi out there in recent years. He clarified that by saying it would not be an "easy opponent" but it would be a "pressure-free match".

"I think there has been a great debate about him (Ronaldo) and Messi but over the last six months I think he's on a new level - Ronaldo's out there on his own", Keane said on ITV. "Right now we shouldn't compare these two players ..." We have a young coach, and players with us who are our future and we have to play football.

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