The Ronaldo-Messi debate continues

The Ronaldo-Messi debate continues

So Messi is not celebrated in the family circle, and with partners in the national team.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has blasted Argentina's World Cup campaign, lambasting the "anarchy" on and off the field that has left the two-time champions facing first-round elimination.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored hat-trick in their 3-3 draw against Fabregas's country men and also with the winning goal against Morocco in their second Group B game on Wednesday.

Simone went on to express his frustration at the lack of leadership shown by everyone involved in Argentina's side, adding: "What we saw against Croatia is the picture of what has happened over the past four years, unfortunately".

"There is no leadership from the management or from those who are supposed to lead".

Argentina must come out as victors in their final group game against Nigeria on Tuesday if they have any chance of progressing, whereas Portugal need only one point against Iran on Monday to guarantee their spot in the knockout stages.

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Messi's fans believe that this might be a great surprise for Messi as he has been repeatedly criticised for his lacklustre performance in the fourth World Cup match against Croatia.

Simeone said: "The goalkeeper has done this before hasn't he German, he did it against Spain, against Italy when they hit the post, and if you slip up like that in a World Cup, it's a goal".

"It was a similar story for Messi against Croatia, but it was not all his fault", Fabregas said.

"It's clear in the dressing room they are being given a slapping but someone needs to fight".

Messi - who finished as a runner-up in Brazil four years ago - was in high spirits in training today, but opened up on just how much the World Cup means to him.

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