Furious Diego Maradona wants to meet Argentina players after Croatia shock

Furious Diego Maradona wants to meet Argentina players after Croatia shock

The report said, "There have been claims - from sources close to the Argentina camp - of a number of high-profile Argentina players quitting global football after Russian Federation, led by Messi and including Aguero, Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, Ever Banega, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano and possibly Gonzalo Higuain".

Lionel Messi walking off the pitch after Argentina's loss to Croatia on Saturday.

Ekong was in the Super Eagles team that came back from two goals down to beat Argentina 4-2 in a pre-World Cup friendly staged in Krasnodar late past year. The talismanic Argentine midfielder has so far failed to bring any trophies for the national team.

The Argentina also spoke about England, Mexico and Germany's performances at this World Cup. And Argentina is very unhappy.

The star, along with his team-mates, came under heavy criticism following a shock 3-0 defeat to Croatia in the second game of the group. He featured three times for Argentina in the qualifying matches.

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'Leo is fine, ' Mascherano told a press conference via Goal.

And Mascherano admits Messi is desperate turn things around against Nigeria and ensure Argentina's campaign doesn't end at the group stages. When I transferred to Leicester City and we played against Barcelona I scored another two goals, so I think in the next game anything can happen.

A month on from Messi's rescue mission in Ecuador, he sat out a friendly as Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2 back in November to highlight how reliant even a squad containing Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala remain on their number 10.

Maradona insisted he "would love" to meet the Argentina players before the critical Nigeria game - and suggested that several of his former teammates should join him for the meeting. The way they looked, I can not see Argentina qualifying now.