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

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

Messi, however, missed a penalty in Argentina's opening draw with Iceland and was goalless heading into tonight's clash against Croatia.

Jorge Sampaoli's side must now beat Nigeria to stand a chance of qualifying, although they could still miss out shoud Iceland manage an unlikely victory over Croatia, and Petit - a World Cup victor with France in 1998 - insists Messi must shoulder some of the blame.

Dejan Lovren of Croatia celebrates after beating Argentina at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

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In basketball, debate over who the GOAT is is quite hard considering the players come from different eras, but in football, we are seeing two in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and the roasting of Messi fans has started. Fabregas was quoted by Daily Sta UK to have told BBC One.

Former Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas has figured out the main reason as to why Lionel Messi was not able to make an impact in the 3-0 loss against Croatia.




Despite Nigeria giving them a knockout stage lifeline with their 2-0 defeat of Iceland, Paddy Power ambassador Petit said that he is disappointed with Argentina so far.

Having spearheaded Real Madrid's run to a third consecutive Champions League, Ronaldo's fast start to the tournament also puts him in pole position for a sixth Ballon d'Or - to finally move ahead of Lionel Messi's five.

Geiger, who officiated the team's second group B game against Portugal, with the Africans losing by a lone goal, was said to have asked for the shirt of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sampaoli gave this comment in response to a question about Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been subtly proclaiming his status as the "Greatest Of All Time" throughout what has been an admittedly incredible World Cup on his part so far.

"Yes, he is playing well, but if you really look at what he has done, he has scored one penalty, one free-kick, one goal from a corner and one with a shot that David de Gea should have saved".

The Portuguese squad face Iran next on Monday night with a point enough to take them through to the knock-out stages.

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