Moscow confectioners build life-size chocolate Messi for Argentine striker's birthday

Moscow confectioners build life-size chocolate Messi for Argentine striker's birthday

But while the Iberian team will now face sturdy Uruguay, and not Group A runners-up Russia, Schmeichel believes that he won't be judged as harshly as Lionel Messi, who didn't score a penalty of his own in Argentina's draw with Iceland.

Argentina star Lionel Messi celebrated his 31st birthday in training with the national team squad, and he was beaming throughout the session despite their perilous position in Group D.

And on Sunday (June 24), the day he is celebrating his 31st birthday, Messi will be handed the prestigious World Cup trophy as per Sputnik News Agency. "Moreover, I want to enjoy some time with my family who I am not going to see until December".

Fabregas said ("Yes, he is playing well, but if you really look at what he has done, he has scored one penalty, one free-kick, one goal from a corner and one with a shot that David de Gea should have saved, "You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals, "You have to give him credit, of course, but his goals have come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes)".

He said: "It means so much because for Argentina the World Cup is special - and for me too".




The Argentines are now preparing to play against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a final group D game which will determine their continual stay at the world cup.

However Simeone said Argentina needed to rediscover their fighting spirit to have any chance of progressing.

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

Simeone said: "The goalkeeper has done this before hasn't he German, he did it against Spain, against Italy when they hit the post, and if you slip up like that in a World Cup, it's a goal".

"You have to give him credit, of course, but his goals have come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes".

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