Mascherano reveals Leo Messi's mood in Argentina's World Cup camp

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A chastening 3-0 defeat to Croatia in Group D last week made for grim reading in that regard for one of worldwide football's heavyweight nations.

Reports of recriminations in the aftermath of the Croatia loss, with some senior players understood to be unhappy over Sampaoli's methods, have dominated the build-up, but the former Chile and Sevilla boss was in defiant form at his pre-match news conference.

Held by Iceland and humiliated by Croatia, Argentina's World Cup could already have been all but over, but Lionel Messi and the rest of Jorge Sampaoli's troubled squad have one final shot at redemption against Nigeria yesterday.

Messi has always proven to be prolific goalscorer and a creative playmaker during his 14-year-long career (and still counting) at Camp Nou with Barcelona where he has won 32 titles and five ballons d'Or along with few other goal-scoring records.

Musa became, in the process, Nigeria's all-time highest scorer at World Cup finals with four goals and he the only man from his country to score in two different World Cups. But he changed his mind, desperate to make things right by leading Argentina to World Cup success.

Should Argentina fail to win the 2018 World Cup, Messi will have to wait until 2022 to have another shot on the evasive trophy.

"Tomorrow Argentina will start its World Cup", he told reporters on Monday.

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The five-time Ballon d'Or victor initially brought his global duty to a brief halt in 2016, before earning a call up months later to guide Argentina to the 2018 World Cup.

"I stopped reading the sports articles after we drew with Turkey 1-1 on June 5", said forward Fedor Smolov.

Argentina not only need a result versus Nigeria, but also require a favour from Croatia who entertain Iceland. "Perhaps, a draw could be good to qualify, but we cannot think and play for a draw", Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said. If you are uncomfortable with something on the pitch and don't express it to the coach, are you going to play an uncomfortable game?

At one time, a lucrative Chinese move would have been considered the end of a player's worldwide career but Martinez said that is no longer the case.

"We've come here to win, not to concede and to... achieve top spot".

"It's not a pleasant situation to live with but once coaches get used to that you've got to develop a system that gets the best out of what you have in front of you".

"They helped me get back to the style of play I had today".

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