Another chance for Messi

Is it finally his time?

Russia 2018 will see the Argentinean hero looking for revenge after losing the World Cup Final in 2014. Do you know everything about him? 

Lionel Messi has played in 3 World Cups prior to 2018. In Russia he will wear the Captain's armband for a 3rd World Cup campaign.


"I love my country, I love my people and I love this shirt," says Messi.


FLASHBACK

His game against Iceland will be on a special date. Exactly 12 years ago, on 16 June 2006, he scored his very 1st World Cup goal. Argentina beat Serbia and Montenegro 6-0 in Germany. Messi wore #19.

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Victory Ratio

Messi has won 11 out of 15 matches played at the World Cup. He's scored 5 goals, although none of them were struck in South Africa 2010.

The last defeat

Messi's most recent game at a FIFA World Cup was the Final against Germany in 2014. The Germans have eliminated Argentina, and Messi, in the past 3 editions of the tournament. Can Messi heal that wound in Russia?

"What would I say to Messi ahead of the opening match? It is the first one, there will be more to come. Take it easy, do not overdo it."

Heimir Hallgrímsson, Iceland coach


"We are very lucky that the best player in the world is from Argentina. Do I think he must win the World Cup to be considered the best of all time? No. I think football owes the World Cup to Messi."

Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina coach

"Sampaoli told me that I was the best in history, although I was surprised to see him also say this in public. He told me that football owes me a World Cup. What do I think? Well, I hope football pays that debt to me."

Lionel Messi


WILL HE DO IT?

MOSCOW, FIRST STOP

After amazing Cristiano's hat-trick against Spain, all eyes will be on Lionel Messi's opener against Iceland.


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