A hat-trick from Lionel Messi gave Argentina an easy 4-0 win over Haiti on Tuesday in Buenos Aires and the squad will fly to Barcelona on Thursday to continue their preparations. "It doesn't matter who you play against, however, Messi didn't play against us in the friendly match". Argentina play Israel in Jerusalem on 9th June.
Barcelona footballer and Croatian worldwide Ivan Rakitic heaped praise on his club teammate Lionel Messi saying that had football been an individual sport like tennis then the Argentine superstar would have won 50 grand slams by now.
Two of the greatest tennis stars of the modern era, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have managed 36 grand slams between them.
The team has less than two weeks to go before their first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Iceland on June 16, reports Efe. "We're going to put in everything to win the World Cup". "Of course, when you have the best player in the world, you are favourites, although he says they are not", Rakitic was quoted as saying by the newspaper. That confirms they can be fantastic without their best player, but in the World Cup, it will be extremely tough if Messi is far from his outstanding level.
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That's why he deserves some rest, and Sampaoli needs to demonstrate that his team can play without Messi.
Amid massive support from the public, mostly dressed in red, the Panamanian national football team played out a 0-0 stalemate against Northern Ireland in an global friendly here.
As for the World Cup itself, Messi has 15 appearances across the last three tournaments under his belt. On the other hand, Maradona is a god in Napoli for having won the Serie A twice with the local team and is revered in his homeland for having captained Argentina to its second World Cup victory at Mexico 1986.
"He is going to be a player who will be a big hero at Liverpool for a long time, I am totally convinced of that".