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July 21 2018, 08:09 | Van Peters
Argentina must understand the big difference between Messi and Maradona, says Crespo
Infobae took aim at the blunder by goalkeeper Willy Caballero that handed Croatia their opening goal early in the second half, describing the howler as "incredible".
Ramos, 32, was speaking after Spain's 1-0 win over Iran at the World Cup Wednesday and made it clear his Barcelona rival was far superior to Maradona.
"What he has proven going into the World Cup with the pressure he's under, this is his fourth World Cup, the way he's started, he has shown it's not just ability, its hard work".
Do you expect Messi and Argentina to bounce back from their draw and defeat Croatia on Thursday?
Messi was unquestionably Argentina's best player against Iceland, despite failing from the penalty spot once again, but his shadow appears to hang over the rest of the team, inhibiting them and stifling their natural instincts.
Day 8 of the World Cup is done, and Argentina might be as well.
"It's silly. Messi is good but he's never won the World Cup".
The shock briefly inspired Argentina, with Messi trying to lead a revival, but Maximiliano Meza spurned their best chance before the brutal finale.
"We played a flawless game which is what you need against a top side", captain Modric said, before adding, "Let's not be euphoric or get ahead of ourselves".
AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic was sent home from Russian Federation for reportedly refusing to come on as a substitute, though coach Zlatko Dalic said the AC Milan man had a back injury. Argentina and Iceland with have one point, and Nigeria is at zero. Messi's hat-trick in the final qualification match against Ecuador ensured his team reached Russian Federation, and his seven goals made him the team's top scorer by a distance - no other Argentina player managed more than two goals in the campaign.
Iceland also has one point, and Nigeria has zero.
"I want to see him lift the cup so the Maradona debate can be ended because it's not fair on him".
He has enjoyed a glittering club career, winning World Player of the Year five times with a string of La Liga and Champions League titles. We have to concentrate on the remaining 22 players. Leo is limited because the team doesn't gel ideally as it should.
Away from the football, Burger King has apologised for an online ad offering burgers to Russian women who get impregnated by football players during the World Cup.