Who will win the Golden Boot? Lionel Messi? Neymar?

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The two-time champions arrived in Russian Federation dogged by poor form, injuries and controversy.

Tevez added: "I expected to be in the World Cup".

In their maiden appearance at a major worldwide tournament two years ago, Iceland earned a 1-1 draw from a clash with Ronaldo's eventual champions, drawing a frustrated response from the Real Madrid superstar.

Customers love it and are saying, so what if we can't get the World Cup Trophy, we can taste it. Now preparing for what could be his last World Cup, Messi carries the hopes of Argentina on his shoulders again and does so with intensified scrutiny on his performances, according to Zanetti.

He briefly retired from global football after the 2016 Copa America and has hinted he will do so permanently if the campaign in Russian Federation ends in failure.

After weeks of build-up and anticipation, the first game-day of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation is here and there isn't a single football fan who isn't excited.

But in La Liga, it isn't Messi who has the most hat-tricks, but his arch nemesis, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 34 hat-tricks in the league for Real Madrid. In the first game in the Euros we played Ronaldo and now it's Messi.

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Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria compete in Group D. Argentina is favored to progress to the knockout stage, leaving Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland to battle for the final spot.

Kari Arnason, the Iceland defender, had suggested at the time that Ronaldo's sour remarks illustrated "why Messi is always going to be one step ahead of him".

"We must show patience and move the ball around to try and find space, and look to get in behind with speed", said Guzman, who plays for Mexican club Tigres.

Without its "archangel", Argentina just barely made the final after winning via penalties in a goalless semi-final match against the Netherlands.

In his first seven months at the helm, the former Sevilla coach employed 43 players and six different systems, the nadir coming in March with a 6-1 thrashing by Spain. Now let me ask you: does this hypothetical scenario make him any different of a player?

With Messi, Argentina occasionally appear a team capable of punching their weight on the world stage.

Despite being the second most populous nation, 1.25-billion-strong India has long struggled in world football and is now ranked 97 in Fifa's rankings.

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