Simeone says Argentina look lost, questions Messi in leaked audio

Arnold Nichols
June 24, 2018

In an audio recording published by Spanish media outlets, the former Argentina global said the current squad lacked leadership on and off the field following Thursday's 3-0 rout by Croatia in Group D.

"We will ask Russian authorities to immediately detain them so they can be deported", the ministry said.

Jorge Sampaoli, with the blessing of Messi, pleaded for patience as he was drafted in as Argentina's third coach in two years.

Defender Birkir Mar Saevarsson works in a salt-packing factor back home and actually had to take permission from work to play at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Argentina capitulated after Willy Caballero's blunder allowed Ante Rebic to open the scoring in the 53rd minute, with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic adding goals late on.

With Messi struggling for form and yet to score in Russia, Simeone indicated that he would prefer to have Ronaldo in his team.

"We don't realise that Messi is very good but I clarify that he is very good because he is accompanied by extraordinary footballers", he said.

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.

Having being placed in the group comprising of teams like Argentina, Nigeria, and Croatia, Heimir Hallgrimsson side had a great start to their debut campaign holding two-time winners Argentina to 1-1 draw.

When Moscow confectioners found out Lionel Messi would be celebrating his birthday during the World Cup, they decided he needed a gift that measured up - a life-size chocolate sculpture in his likeness.

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

Iceland has two more games to go against Nigeria on June 22 and then Croatia on June 26 and they will be making a strong push to knock out contenders Argentina and go onto creating yet another history.

Mario Kempes, a 1978 World Cup victor with Argentina and analyst for ESPN, tweeted: "The spectacle was shameful and the farewell is increasingly closer!" There were players that were not up to the standard.

"Argentina look sh**", he said.

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