Fabregas demeans Ronaldo's World Cup performance

Argentina forward Lionel Messi

"Lionel Messi is the greatest thing we have in Argentina and we must take care of him", Macri said shortly after the player's bombshell announcement. "Come on", Messi said.

Argentina's struggles in Russian Federation should come as no surprise after their pre-tournament preparations were wrecked by controversy and poor form, coupled with a reliance on a top-heavy, limited squad.

That follows on from his opening-round hat-trick against Spain, but Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo believes the team still need improvements if they are to go deep in this year's Russian Federation showpiece. Notably, this will be the last World Cup in which the Argentinian great will play. I'm not so sure they can, I am not sure if they are so strong defensively, okay when you're brining on the likes of Higuain, you are strong, I'm just not sure defensively Argentina are strong enough, I don't think we'll see Messi lifting the trophy.

It meant they arrived in Russian Federation with a 4-0 win against 104th-ranked Haiti in May as their only outing since an ominous 6-1 loss to Spain in March. It would be a shame to see them qualify, because against Iceland they looked awful, with no inspiration, nothing at all.

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"The team is all wrong, but it is Argentina and I believe that it will happen", Simeone said.

"What's happening to the team right now is what has happened to Argentina in these last four disgraceful years: anarchy, no leadership from the players, coaches or directors".

Others connected to Argentine football have also spoken out after Thursday's debacle.

Lionel Messi is yet to score a goal in this tournament and even missed a penalty against Iceland in Argentina's first game.

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They won't have it easy against the Swiss however, as Vladimir Petković's side took on their toughest opponent in their opener and came away unscathed.

Aside from the loss to Croatia and an opening-game draw against Iceland, Argentina lost in the 2014 World Cup final to Germany in extra time. I don't know if the word would be absent, if that is how I saw Messi.

"FIFA is cooperating with the relevant security authorities and will do its utmost to contribute to identifying the individuals involved in these criminal acts in order to ensure that they are punished accordingly", it said.

"These days, Cristiano Ronaldo has a very different role for Portugal", Fabregas wrote.

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