Diego Maradona: Lionel Messi's not to blame for anything

Argentina's football legend Diego Maradona gestures in the grandstand before the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod

We're backing him to make it five here for our correct score predictions.

Drawing 1-1 with Nigeria with merely minutes remaining on the clock, the Argentines were heading out of the World Cup and the Super Eagles were progressing to the last 16.

"He wants to show the world a different image to the one we've shown in the first two games".

Messi scored Argentina's opener, but a second-half Nigeria penalty meant they were staring at the exit door until Marcos Rojo volleyed home the victor in the 86th minute.

"Messi is going through a hard period with Argentina and this shows the importance of the group in soccer", said Kaka, as quoted by ESPN. So it's simple for Argentina: win and try to win big.

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With the game ebbing away from Argentina, Gabriel Mercado crossed from the right in the 86th minute and Rojo turned the ball into the goal with a first time strike to spark wild celebrations from the Argentines.

Losing three global finals since the 2014 World Cup has had a significant impact on Messi, he's been so close to success with his country but hasn't quite been able to get over the line.

Nigerian attacker Ahmed Musa is now his country's all-time top scorer in World Cup games with four goals after scoring a brace against Iceland. What a great touch, setup, and shot by Lionel Messi to put Argentina up 1-0. Argentina might need an emphatic victory to guarantee safe passage to the next round, but that cause is only going to be helped by a water-tight defence, especially with Fazio in it.

Nigeria know the threat they are about to deal with and will probably come with a plan to stop Messi.

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