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Former Argentina Striker: Only These Fans Want To See Messi Miss The WC

Former Argentina Striker: Only These Fans Want To See Lionel Messi Miss The 2018 FIFA World Cup

By Keegan Kruger - Oct 09, 2017 05:00 PM @KeeganKruger

A former Argentina striker believes there is only one specific set of fans who want to see FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi miss the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Mario Kempes, who won the prestigious trophy in 1978, believes it would be a disaster not to see La Albiceleste in Russia next year, and feels that it is only Diego Maradona supporters who do not want to see the five-time Ballon d'Or winner there.

"A World Cup without Argentina and Messi would be a catastrophe," Kempes told Super Deportivo Radio de Santa Fe.

"The only ones who would be happy if Messi doesn't go to the World Cup would be Maradona fans because, that way, they can keep saying that he's the best."

Kempes also dismissed the idea that Argentina's current squad is struggling mentally.

"I don't understand it when it's said that the problem is psychological," he added.

"If you told me they're boys who don't have experience and who had been called up for the first time, who find themselves in front of full stands, I could believe that the problem is psychological, that they're scared.

"But in this situation, there is no psychological problem.

"There are 90 minutes for Sampaoli to show that he's the real saviour because everyone said he was the saviour for Argentina."

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Jorge Sampaoli's side are sixth in the South American qualification standings, but a win over Ecuador on Wednesday would be enough to see them secure a playoff match against New Zealand.

Do you think Argentina can still qualify for the 2018 World Cup? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Oct 10, 2017 12:02 PM
Kempes I'll agree with you if you Say penaldo fans not maradona and his fans becouse maradona is aargentinian
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Oct 10, 2017 11:59 AM
I'm starting to lose hope, coz the is weak team anymore!
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s.b.u_da_25 Joined: 25 Oct 2016
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s.b.u_da_25 Oct 09, 2017 09:47 PM
We mustn't forget tht also Penaldo and Cowdrid fans will be happy
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Mor93 Joined: 07 Sep 2017
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Mor93 Oct 09, 2017 09:33 PM
Me now i can agree maradona hurts messi lokuya enyangeni he goes
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DuksMkh Joined: 27 Aug 2013
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DuksMkh Oct 09, 2017 09:02 PM
I wish they lose... Teams like argentina must qualify automically instead of fighting for a playoff spot
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Kgandashisa the King Joined: 23 Jul 2017
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Kgandashisa the King Oct 09, 2017 08:34 PM
They will definitely lose
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Tedd Joined: 04 Apr 2016
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Tedd Oct 09, 2017 08:21 PM
Shud chile and Peru lose or draw, Argentina goes straight into top 4 if they win, so the situation is not as disastrous as they make it to be and many big teams are in a similar situation nje...
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Cruz18thmoyo Joined: 05 Sep 2017
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Cruz18thmoyo Oct 09, 2017 07:55 PM
I wish u all the best, even though I'm not yr fan
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jinks Joined: 22 Jul 2017
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jinks Oct 09, 2017 07:40 PM
Kikikikikikikik..So they have to beat Ecuado then qualify for playoffs to play New zealand dats wen they can qualify for worldcup.Yoh doesnt sound like the Argentina I ve known for years.
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#eddie Joined: 16 Dec 2016
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#eddie Oct 09, 2017 07:31 PM
Messi is going to be at Russia come next year june....nd believe me or not Argentina will take the world cup this time!!!
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Melizwe17@K4L Oct 09, 2017 06:30 PM
Argentina just need to win that all, and if it happens that they end up on the 5th place I'm 100% sure that they can damage New Zealand. #Leo2Russia
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Masbu999 Joined: 24 May 2014
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Masbu999 Oct 09, 2017 06:12 PM
That is a ridiculious statement by Kempes
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Michaeltshigama Joined: 30 Sep 2016
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Michaeltshigama Oct 09, 2017 06:10 PM
Messi won't do any difference even if they qualify via backdoor, the boy is overrated
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La'Quintah Joined: 23 Aug 2016
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La'Quintah Oct 09, 2017 05:40 PM
I'm not a Maradona fan but I'll be happy too to see them miss the wc.. n I wish Chile can beat Brazil

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