Messi cries for World Cup glory, Mum reveals

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For many Argentines, that means while he may be the world's best player now, Messi has not entered the same pantheon as Maradona "El Pibe" (The Kid) who won the 1986 World Cup. We see him suffer and cry at times.

Although he is considered among the best players in history, the 30-year-old has long lived in the shadow of Diego Maradona when it comes to the global stage.

"I think he's optimistic and his dream is to win a World Cup".

He has scored 64 goals in 124 global appearances for Argentina.

Via ESPN, Messi's mother Celia Cuccittini gave a revealing interview about her son to the El Trece TV show "Diario de Mariana".

Messi arrived at the last World Cup finals in Brazil suffering from fatigue after a season of high-octane action with Barcelona and Sampaoli staged a meeting with his skipper last January to try and avoid a repeat. "I see a group of players which clearly don't work well together".

Celia was quick to deny allegations that Messi does not feel the same passion when he plays for Albiceleste.

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Under pressure himself after an underwhelming year in charge of Argentina despite an extraordinary array of individual talent at his disposal, Sampaoli was bombarded with questions about his controversial use of three central defenders.

Argentina collected just seven points from eight games when Messi was missing for qualifying games, with that total transformed to 21 points in the ten games when he did start.

Messi endured a tough start to the World Cup in Russian Federation, having a penalty saved as Jorge Sampaoli's men were held to a shock 1-1 draw by Iceland in their opening game. They would have opened a little more and we could have found more spaces.

"Luckily the nationality of the best player in the world is Argentinian", added former Chile and Sevilla boss Sampaoli. The World Cup is complicated for every team. "We have a few days left to decide how we will play". In 2014, Argentina made it to the final game, but lost to - you guessed it - Germany.

As the 30-year-old looks to bounce back when Argentina face Croatia Thursday, Dybala said the Barcelona star had plenty of support from within the squad.

He dare not fail again.

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