Messi has reached four finals with Argentina - three Copa Americas and one World Cup - but had never won anything with them at senior worldwide level.
Despite their struggle to qualify for the World Cup finals, which had come as a shock to the football world last summer, Argentina were considered title favourites by many ahead of the kick-off to the footballing carnival.
"Argentina is immensely better with him than without him".
The teams met in the qualifying campaign for Russian Federation, with each winning at home as Iceland topped the group, but Croatia's 3-0 hammering of Argentina marked them out as one of the teams to watch in Russian Federation.
The Iceland coach said his side got their tactics right, stopping Nigeria from managing a shot on target in the first half, only to concede two goals after the interval. Argentina has to beat Nigeria in their 3rd and final group match at any cost.
The Real Madrid star has stolen the early headlines in Russian Federation with four goals in his opening two games, including a hat-trick against Spain. For La Albecieste, it is (-) 3 and for the Nordic Island nation, it is (-) 2.
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On Wednesday, the president signed an executive order to end the policy and keep migrant parents and children together. Elizabeth Warren visited the center in McAllen on Sunday. "She believes she would not survive if she went back".
Xiaomi shares camera samples shot on the Redmi 6 Pro
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Roger Federer loses to Borna Coric in Halle Open final
This was Federer's first defeat on this surface since he lost to Tommy Haas in his opening match of the 2017 grass-court season. Federer put pressure on Coric's serve in the second set and converted a break point in the eighth game to force a decider.