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| This is no time to put your feet up, Leo! Messi gets lift to training on a golf buggy as Argentina prepare for vital World Cup game against Croatia
| sbo666 When you're one of the greatest footballers of you're generation, it's only fair you get to enjoy a few perks.That's why Lionel Messi was given a lift - along with Sergio Aguero and Marcos Rojo - on a golf buggy as Argentina trained ahead of their second World Cup fixture against Croatia on Thursday. While that trio put their feet up and were driven to the training pitch at the team's training base in Moscow, the other members of the squad appeared to walk.
Perhaps there is a natural desire to preserve Messi's energy ahead of the must-win Group D contest in Nizhny Novgorod after the star was stung by his penalty miss in the draw with Iceland on Saturday. Messi will try and make amends against Croatia, who come into the fixture in buoyant mood following their comfortable 2-0 win over Nigeria.Should Argentina fail to take all three points, they will face a nervy final fixture against Nigeria on Tuesday evening in Saint Petersburg.
sbo666 Messi turns 31 in a few days' time and has yet to replicate his myriad successes at club level with Barcelona in the international arena.He was left heartbroken when Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany in extra time at the last World Cup four years ago and has also been to the final of the last two Copa Americas only to suffer defeat.It is now 32 years since Argentina last lifted the World Cup and 25 years since their last piece of silverware, the 1993 Copa America.
They laboured through qualification for this tournament and looked ponderous and short of creativity in their 1-1 draw with Iceland despite boasting the likes of Messi, Aguero and Angel di Maria.'We will learn from what happened and we have to have the strength to win the next game,' said coach Jorge Sampaoli.Against Iceland, Aguero gave Argentina the lead in the 19th-minute only for Alfred Finnbogason to level the scores four minutes later.
Messi saw his second-half penalty saved by Hannes Halldorsson in a disappointing start to his tournament.'We have to look at what we need to correct from the Iceland match, but we can't dwell on it,' Argentina defender Gabriel Mercado said. 'We have to look forward and win the next match against Croatia.'Meanwhile, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has admitted he unashamedly turned to Messi's Barcelona team-mate Ivan Rakitic for tips on how to stop him.
sbo666 'I will use all the information I can,' he said, declaring Rakitic his temporary 'assistant' before the game.'There is no perfect way to stop Lionel Messi ... he is the greatest player in the world. But while one excellent player can make a great result, a great team does the job much better ... We will go into the game a little bit more relaxed than them.'