Size chocolate Lionel Messi for his birthday

Endless turmoil leaves Messi's Argentina in disarray

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And in a veiled dig at Argentina star Lionel Messi, Simeone even hinted he would pick Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo in his team if forced to choose. "I see a team that is lost".

Speaking recently, former Wales global Savage explained why he feels Ronaldo has the upper hand in the great debate of the two superstars.

"He did against Spain, he did it against Italy. and I told you that it's a pity that he was not scored upon so that they realise that if you screw up at the World Cup, it's a goal".

A team of five workers at Moscow's Altufyevo Confectionery worked for almost a week to carve the sculpture in 60 kg (132 lbs) of chocolate to mark the Argentina forward's 31st birthday on Sunday.

Worse was to come as Messi abruptly announced his worldwide retirement following a penalty shootout loss to Chile, Argentina's second Copa America final defeat in two years, citing frustration at the way the game was run in the country.

Jorge Sampaoli's side must now beat Nigeria to stand a chance of qualifying, although they could still miss out shoud Iceland manage an unlikely victory over Croatia, and Petit - a World Cup victor with France in 1998 - insists Messi must shoulder some of the blame.

Messi's future became practically an affair of state when Argentina's President Mauricio Macri called on him to stay.

An audio clip reportedly of Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, a former midfielder for Argentina, has gone viral after he described the national team as "anarchy".

Bauza lasted less than year, jettisoned in April 2017 with Argentina languishing outside the automatic qualification places soon after Claudio Tapia was elected president as part of a leadership shake-up at the AFA.

Shearer says Lionel Messi is already under big pressure to perform for Jorge Sampaoli's side.

But Alba defended Messi, who is still searching for his first senior trophy with Argentina.

"We are starting a new era, we need to improve and consolidate an idea and that takes time", Sampaoli said after his appointment.

"Everyone is so angry at home".

"He is a unique player, who unfortunately hasn't won the three finals he has played with Argentina and that isn't easy".

"Argentina look sh**", he said.

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