That also made the Leicester City striker, who returned to CSKA Moscow on loan last season, the first Nigerian to score at two World Cups and their all-time record scorer in the finals with four goals overall.
Achilles the cat, that lives in St Petersburg's Hermitage museum, chooses Nigeria while attempting to predict the result of the match of the soccer World Cup between Argentina and Nigeria in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 26, 2018.
If both Argentina and Iceland win Tuesday, Argentina must finish the group with a better goal difference, or finish with more total goals scored if the goal difference is even.
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It had been suggested that 1986 World Cup victor Jorge Burruchaga, the team´s technical director, would replace Sampaoli, but the claims were strongly denied by the Argentina Football Association (AFA).
"I'm furious and very upset inside, because anyone who wore that shirt can't see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn't Germany, that isn't Brazil, that isn't Holland or Spain".
South American media had reported rumours of a crisis in Messi's marriage after his wife initially did not travel to Russian Federation to support him in the World Cup.
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What a player. But do you think he's the greatest of all time?
"But as a collective, where things don't go as we'd like, we all have our own frustrations".
So far in Russia, Messi has been held scoreless.
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Someone else said: "Messi is the best player for me". "But sometimes you have to cling to something".