Messi is not a leader, he is no Ronaldo, claims Petit

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   ABSENT Antonella Roccuzzo did not attend Messi's first World Cup game in Russia

GETTY ABSENT Antonella Roccuzzo did not attend Messi's first World Cup game in Russia

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has come out in defence of his friend Lionel Messi and downplayed Cristiano Ronaldo's start to the World Cup in Russian Federation. It would be a shame to see them qualify, because against Iceland they looked bad, with no inspiration, nothing at all.

Argentina only qualified for the World Cup due to Messi's heroics in a crunch qualifier against Ecuador, as the Barca star scored a hat-trick to secure qualification.

The team have been undermined by a broader crisis afflicting the Argentine game, tangled up with politics and a power struggle in the AFA (Argentine Football Association) management that broke out in 2014.

"What is happening right now is what has happened to the national team over the past four years, unfortunately: anarchy", Simeone said.

"You remember so many Argentina teams with great players in the past, but this team is so far from those".

A missed penlaty in the 1-1 draw to Iceland and only one shot at goal in the 3-0 defeat to Crotaia last night has seen critcism directed towards the current squad and head coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Argentina are aiming for a first World Cup triumph since Diego Maradona inspired them to glory in Mexico in 1986, but Savage, who featured for the likes of Leicester City, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County in his playing career, believes that the South Americans' over reliance on the 30-year-old Barcelona forward could prove to be their downfall at the summer showpiece.

"We are starting a new era, we need to improve and consolidate an idea and that takes time", Sampaoli said after his appointment. You are the best player, when a team fails what you ask of the best player is that you dig deep and you couldn't even do that. They were humiliated 3-0 by Croatia on Thursday.

Nigeria's result against Iceland means that Argentina now sit in third position in Group D. For them to advance in the competition they have to beat Nigeria in their final group game, and if Iceland beat Croatia, Argentina have to win by more.

Despite the uncertainty, Simeone said he had not given up hope that Argentina may yet survive into the knockout stage.

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