Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Argentina | France | Lionel Messi | Jorge Sampaoli | World Cup | 2018 | Football | Onmanorama

Argentina | France | Lionel Messi | Jorge Sampaoli | World Cup | 2018 | Football | Onmanorama

Coincidentally, the same hotel was chosen by the Argentinian team, who were forced to make reservations there after their French counterparts booked the Mirage Hotel - the other one of the two residences in the city licensed for the World Cup.

He also has to deal with the weight of a whole nation expecting him to win the World Cup in what is likely to be his last shot at the biggest trophy in football.

"We are indeed painting graffiti portraying Messi, but we planned to do it already a year ago, and Kazan mayor Ilsur Metshin mentioned that", he said, as per Four Four Two.

Messi, 31, netted his first goal of Russian Federation 2018 in Argentina's decisive 2-1 win over Nigeria Tuesday.

"It's often hard to be at the level of such a great player".

Despite Argentina's group D travails, which included a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Croatia, Sampaoli is confident they can defeat a France side who took seven points from nine in Group C.

Uruguay and Portugal can be seen Saturday at 1pm et/10am pt. across the TSN Network and on CTV.

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The Portuguese captain will lead his side against Uruguay, a team that did not surrender a goal in the group stage of the tournament.

His club team mate Samuel Umtiti, however, believes that Argentina's talisman is different from the player he is for Barcelona. There is not a single player that can contain him there.

In addition, the playmaker has to cope with the expectations of his countrymen, who are banking him to come home with the World Cup, it is looking like his last opportunity to lay claim to the $20m worth trophy.

But Ronaldo has four goals already at the tournament compared to Messi's one.

He scored again in the fourth minute against Morocco, but was held quiet as Ricardo Quaresma scored the marker that helped them draw with Iran and advance to the last 16.

The France centre back has been Messi's team mate for two years and he will cross the forward's pass when Les Bleus take on Argentina in a mouth-watering second round tie on Saturday.

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