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Argentina, the losing finalists at the last World Cup, find themselves in the uncomfortable situation of having to rely on the outcome of the other match in Group D after a miserable tournament so far. Both players have won the Ballon d'Or on five occasions and all eyes have been on them in the ongoing World Cup in Russian Federation.

A victory in St. Petersburg is necessary for Argentina to have a chance to go through to the knockout rounds after they drew 1-1 with Iceland in their opener and then lost 3-0 to Croatia on Thursday.

Messi also received love from his club, FC Barcelona, as well as Argentine football legend Gabriel Batistuta, an assortment of football personalities and even the Russian city of Bronnitsy, where the team is now training.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reckons this summers World Cup in Russian Federation will be the last time that we see superstar pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the World's biggest stage.

"What is happening at the moment is what has been happening in the national team for the past four years unfortunately".

"I would just like to say that when the mission and the shirt that we represent is much bigger than any type of interpretation you may be making, then we will be all united together for the same goal".

Fabregas - who played alongside Messi at Barcelona - says his Ronaldo does not have to work as hard for the team and that explains why he has been able to flourish. "As I said in my TV analysis after Argentina's defeat, they look like a broken team".

"Right now in the dressing room they are coming to blows".

The Atletico coach appears to be talking to his assistant Burgos, a former goalkeeper, when he criticises Argentina keeper Willy Caballero for gifting the opening goal in the game to Croatia winger Ante Rebic.

"He is one of the big names in Russian Federation who has made a strong start to this World Cup, in terms of goals, with four so far".

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