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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.

Reports this week in Argentina and Spain not only suggested that Sampaoli had lost the team, but also said the players would decide who started, and the formation used, against Nigeria.

The South Americans are on the verge of a group-stage exit in Russian Federation after a shock 1-1 draw with Iceland and a thumping 3-0 defeat to Croatia.

Sampaoli is reported to have met with the Argentine FA President Caludio Tapa, who has given the coach his backing. We predict one goal apiece, and bettors should take the under.

With players like Sergio Agüero, Ángel Di María, Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala, Cristian Pavón, Maximiliano Meza and Ever Banega, Argentina should be terrorizing opponents on the attack.

"We don't have any alternative and I am sure this is how it will go".

For a country steeped in such rich World Cup history, Argentina's current campaign is rapidly hurtling towards an utter disaster.

His first goal against Iceland earned comparisons with Dennis Bergkamp's injury-time wonder goal for the Netherlands that knocked Argentina out of the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals.

In an interview with Brila FM, the U.S. "94 World Cup star, said that he chose to name Musa Eagles" captain when he was coaching Nigeria because the Leicester City star had nice sense of humour. "Were it not for CSKA, I would not have been in the World Cup". "I am convinced that we have a big opportunity to make it through". We are here to make a result, we are professionals. We all know who he is.

"We need to figure out how I would fit on the team because, as you said, I used to play in the same position he plays and lately I have been used to playing in that position".

Is Messi about to play his final match for Argentina?

"Our main goal is that it will be Messi's last World Cup game, as much as footballers we love watching him play", said Idowu, who was born in Saint Petersburg and still plays his club football in Russian Federation for Amkar Perm.

There is no better opportunity than now for Argentina's players to step up and maybe create a legacy of their own.

The CSKA Moscow forward is expected to face the Albiceleste again when Nigeria square up against Argentina in Tuesday's all-important Group D fixture at Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg.