Lionel Messi looked understandably stressed during Argentina's national anthem

Tyler Owen
June 21, 2018

Debate as two which of the pair is superior has been reignited, with Ramos claiming that Argentines know that the Barcelona forward is the best player they've ever had.

While Cuccittini supports her son's quest to win a World Cup, the criticisms he receives deeply affects both him and his entire family.

The diminutive Argentine captain known as "La Pulga" (The Flea), has won every club accolade imaginable with Barcelona, but has agonizingly missed out on global trophies both at the World Cup and Copa America.

Messi and company, who drew with Iceland in their first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, will go up against Croatia on Thursday evening, in what is a must-win game for the Argentines.

"I would give everything for this to be his World Cup".

'Luckily, people love him a lot and they transmit that to him and he values this a lot.

"I think he's optimistic and his dream is to win a World Cup".

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It was the latest in a series of low points with the national side for Messi, who suffered defeat in three major finals between 2014 and 2016, leading him to briefly retire from global duty.

"As for the joy of the people, I have never seen so much, they all danced, shouted, sang". I told him to enjoy himself, to live in the moment and be happy.

Considered by many as the greatest player in history, Messi has achieved everything possible at Barcelona but only has an Olympic medal for his efforts with his country.

His wife Roccuzzo also posted a photo of herself alongside a smiling Messi accompanied by their three sons, Thiago, 5, Mateo, 2, and three-month-old Ciro.

"Obviously it hurts me to have missed the penalty". To start with winning is always important, now we have to think about Croatia.

"We need to move on to the next phase, that's what we came here for", he said.

Messi was widely criticized by his home country's media after missing a penalty kick 63 minutes into Argentina's 1-1 draw with Iceland on Saturday.

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