Argentina team trains in Barcelona in attack, defence

06 June, 2018, 11:31 | Author: Anita Tucker
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"Messi is such a domimant sportsman that he would have won 50 grand slams if he was a tennis player", Rakitic said.

The Argentine national football team on Saturday trained at FC Barcelona's sports city, in a session that combined physical exercise with ball training. They share the dressing room in club football but will represent Croatia and Argentina respectively at the mega event in Russian Federation. Argentina play Israel in Jerusalem on 9th June. "With the two best players in the world - Maradona and Messi - they have played seven World Cups, but won only one, which was because of the team". He'd give some titles with Barcelona for that one with Argentina.

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However, the status of the match had been placed in doubt earlier, following protests by Palestinian football authorities. Rajoub had accused Israel of using the match as a political tool and now the clash has been cancelled.

Former Chelsea and Argentina forward Hernan Crespo, however, believes the comparisons are pointless, especially as Messi has made an astronomical impact in football even without winning the World Cup.

Speaking to Croatian newspaper Vecernji list, Rakitic heaped praises on Messi and said that just his presence in the team makes Argentina one of the favourites for the trophy and mentioned that he did wished the Argentinian good luck for Russian Federation.

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Messi is arguably the greatest footballer the world has ever seen having won five Ballon d'Ors and plenty of other individual awards. We have good players and we are getting stronger to fight as an equal with anyone.

Argentina is one of many teams fighting up an uphill battle to take home the World Cup trophy.

Samuel Umtiti: Barcelona defender signs new five-year deal
Umtiti joined Barca for €25m from Lyon in 2016 and he quickly established himself alongside Pique in the middle of the back four. Transfer speculation soon arose, and it seemed to have an impact on the centre-back, who regressed as the campaign wore on.

Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout the week but we want you to get involved, too. The loss in 2016, in which the 30-year-old notably missed a penalty, led to Messi temporarily retiring from global duty as heavy criticism was directed at him for his lack of worldwide glory with the national team. "Quite a few squads are better", he added, singling out Brazil, Spain and Germany. As important as he is to his club FCBarcelona, with whom he won the Spanish League and the Copa Del Rey in 2017-18 season, he is way more important to his country.

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