Jorge Sampaoli explains touchline exchange with Lionel Messi over Aguero sub

Messi opens scoring for Argentina

France defender, Samuel Umtiti has said there is a difference between Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Argentina. As the Argentinian anthem was played before the game against Croatia, the camera fixated its gaze on Lionel Messi.

However, Jorge Sampaoli's turned their fortunes around with a 2-1 win over Nigeria to send them into the knockout stages with Messi scoring a superb goal inside the opening 15 minutes.

Sergio Aguero gave Argentina late hope but they ran out of time and head home after a rollercoaster ride in Russian Federation that ultimately ends in bitter disappointment for the two-times former champions.

Man-of-the-match Mbappe brushed off comparisons with Brazil great Pele.

However, before all that gets under way, players have taken to social media with many of them evaluating their nation's performance in the competition so far.

"But he's in another category".

"It's often hard to be at the level of such a great player".

Neymar, the world's most expensive footballer, was ruled out of the World Cup four years ago after breaking a bone in his back in the quarterfinals and injury has also somewhat hampered his tournament in Russian Federation.

And as if that wasn't bad enough, the view from La Albiceleste's current team hotel could really be getting under Messi's skin as there's a mural of rival Cristiano Ronaldo right outside.

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But perhaps the biggest plus was the late goal from Cavani , who had been frustrated during the group stage. Egyptian keeper Essam El-Hadary became the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup at 45-years-old.

"We answered the call, we have a lot of character and it was not easy as we were leading, then there was an equaliser, then we were 2-1 behind, but we kept fighting. We are far from the required level".

"It's very painful going out, but for me the fact that I'm here doesn't make me evaluate that", he responded when asked whether he would resign.

"We are indeed painting graffiti portraying Messi, but we planned to do it already a year ago, and Kazan mayor Ilsur Metshin mentioned that", he said, as per Four Four Two.

Messi had one great chance that he would normally bury on his left foot that slipped just wide, but even winning the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament did little to dim the pain of getting so close to the holy grail of following in Maradona's footsteps.

He has scored only once and Argentina's campaign so far has been defined as much by Diego Maradona's increasingly erratic and emotional outbursts as by any signs they can reach the final again. He has done his bid as an individual [2Copa America finals appearances and a world cup final appearance] to ensure that Argentina wins a trophy but he needs a team in order to grab that evasive national team trophy.

16 - No player has had more shots at goal than Neymar's tally of 16, with the world's most expensive player additionally pipping Ronaldo with eight shots on target compared to the Portugal captain's total of seven.

He always wants to win games and titles.

With the city not wanting to appear to be taking sides in the eternal debate over which of the two forwards is the world's best player, officials commissioned the smaller side profile of Messi, also a five-time World Player of the Year. The bigger picture is the team; the potency of its tactical system and the efficiency of its style of play.

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