Lionel Messi not running the show, says Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli

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Getty Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both looking for their first World Cup.

Sampaoli has come out to deny the allegations that Messi was calling the shots during the game, stating that his conversations with Messi were not what they seemed. We had the best player in the world and we tried to put him in a position to score.

You can also get a free printable copy of The Phuket News World Cup wallchart via the link. "They have a coach who clearly sees what he does but they don't have stars like France, Spain or Brazil". "If Ronaldo plays alone we will lose", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

Messi vs. Ronaldo on the horizon?

Interestingly, at the Nou Camp, Messi can count on Luis Suarez; it is a different ball game with Argentina, after Gonzalo Higuain has fired blanks in eight games with the Albiceleste.

Argentinian Manager, Jorge Sampaoli says Lionel Messi is not dictating Argentina's team selection and tactics.

Messi ultimately had a change of heart, but it is clear the pressure of the team has taken its toll on the star. The Sun detailed Messi's comments after Argentina's disappointing start to the 2018 World Cup.

"I'm sure there might have been mistakes but it's too soon to analyse that".

"This is the first time (the fair play rule) has been used in a senior World Cup in this way". And then seeing the emotion that goes with it. Just one game stands between putting them on one pitch. The imperceptible influenced a mountain of situations that made the inferior team to Argentina win the world championship. So we can not give up on that dream. I didn't expect that from him because he already won everything. Maradona is attending this year's World Cup as a Federation Internationale de Football Association ambassador, and he's the subject of an in-production documentary by Asif Kapadia, director of acclaimed films about Formula One driver Ayrton Senna and singer Amy Winehouse.

"Messi loves these moments so I think Argentina will get through".

"That is why I don't want to talk about any other kind of analysis". The Germans have structure, a base [i.e. youth system], a sporting project that's very organised. I never thought my career was going to be so nice.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four goals while carrying his team to victories in its first two matches in what could be his final World Cup. Prior to 2018, Ronaldo scored one goal in each tournament.

The French, armed with Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and wonder kid Kylian Mbappe have failed to fire the imagination so far and must sharpen up fast to keep alive their hopes of adding a second World Cup to the title they won on home soil two decades ago.