Manchester United Defender Marcos Rojo Reveals Lionel Messi’s Inspiring Half-Time Team Talk

Manchester United Defender Marcos Rojo Reveals Lionel Messi’s Inspiring Half-Time Team Talk

Manchester United Defender Marcos Rojo Reveals Lionel Messi’s Inspiring Half-Time Team Talk

It will come as some relief as well to Jorge Sampaoli, who was under enormous pressure, especially after rumours surfaced surrounding his relationship with Messi. Indeed, Argentinian journalist Fernando Niembro has even accused the captain of taking over squad selection duties from Sampaoli.

The footage showed Sampaoli having a discussion with Messi, before bringing on striker Sergio Aguero as a substitute during the dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria that secured Argentina's passage to the last 16.

Argentina are expected to make several changes to their team for the match at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

It was his pinpoint ball over the top from midfield to pick out Messi that led to Argentina's opener in the 14th minute and he bailed out the hapless 34-year-old Mascherano, who looks well past his prime, on more than one occasion.

"It's all great for the history books in Croatia but if we don't win against Denmark, when someone asks you what you did, what can you say?"

While Portugal and Argentina could potentially clash in the World Cup quarter-final, the battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is already underway in Kazan, where images of the stars have emerged next to a local hotel.

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"We have suffered a lot", Messi said.

After Argentina's match against Iceland, TV reporter Rama Pantarotto gave the Barcelona man the ribbon sent by his mother as a good luck charm to help Argentina qualify.

An over joyed reporter said, 'no way, no way did you score with this foot?'

Uruguay's coach, Oscar Tabárez, at 71, became the first manager to appear in four World Cups with the same team and Mexico defender, Rafael Marquez became only the third player in the history of the tournament to appear in five editions. He's a shining light for us all, and we have to do our very best to all try to be at his level. We need to know how to play with him and be able to work with him on the pitch, some of them can do it quickly and others not.

With just 10 minutes left, Sampaoli had a hard decision to make with the Manchester City star sitting on the bench having also been withdrawn in the second half of the 3-0 defeat to Croatia.

Eriksen provided the assist for Yussuf Poulsen's victor against Peru and then opened the scoring with a superb strike in their draw against Australia.

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