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Rojo Reveals What Messi Told Argentina Teammates At HT

Marcos Rojo Reveals What Lionel Messi Told Argentina Teammates At Half-time

By David Kappel - Jun 27, 2018 09:01 PM @kappilinho

Argentina hero Marcos Rojo, who scored the much-celebrated winner against Nigeria, has now revealed what Albiceleste captain Lionel Messi told his teammates at half-time of the dramatic game.

Click through the gallery to see images of Messi and Rojo’s performance.

The Manchester United defender started his second game for Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and scored the winning goal in the 86th minute.

Rojo’s strike sent the two-time world champions through to the last 16, where they will meet France on Saturday, while Nigeria were sent home.

At half-time images made the rounds on social media, portraying Messi chatting to his teammates in the tunnel and Rojo now revealed how the captain motivated his the rest of his team.

"Messi came up to us and told us to calm down and not be stressed,” he said as reported by TyC Sports.

"We felt nervous and that message helped us a lot and gave me personally a huge confidence-boost.

"Messi is our captain and he's the best captain in the world, it was amazing to score that goal."

Rojo added that Messi encouraged his teammates to take shots in the second interval and this instruction luckily worked out perfectly for him.

"During halftime, Messi said that all of us have the duty to score so whenever we get the chance, we shoot, no matter our position," he added.

"So, when I saw that ball coming towards me, I kicked it in with all that I had in me and (laughs) it went in."

Read: Messi Breaks Maradona Record, Writes World Cup History

Argentina will now face Group C winners France in the round of 16, while the winner of Urguay against Portugal could await in the quarter-final.

Do you think Messi’s leadership qualities are underrated? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Mashia1950 Joined: 29 Aug 2017
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Mashia1950 Jun 28, 2018 01:58 PM
@Voltaire Ok, did you see the one that was awarded to Iran against Portugal. If yes what is the different because they look the same.
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Mr Moloto Joined: 25 May 2018
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Mr Moloto Jun 28, 2018 01:42 PM
That is leadership skills
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Voltaire Joined: 23 May 2017
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Voltaire Jun 28, 2018 12:54 PM
@Mashia1950 because the ball hit the head first then the hand and furthermore the handball didn't interfere with the round of play as the ball fell into a Nigerian striker's feet who decided to sky the ball.
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Mashia1950 Jun 28, 2018 12:16 PM
I still don't understand why the hand ball was not awarded as a penalty, can someone please tell me why?
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jun 28, 2018 11:10 AM
Argentina has been written off by the media long before they even started their wc campaign, now they'll shock the football world by going all the way to the finals
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Ambzo Joined: 01 Jun 2017
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Ambzo Jun 28, 2018 10:24 AM
I like what Leo did ,though it was a desperate statement it paid of.
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Nick#10 Joined: 08 Dec 2016
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Nick#10 Jun 28, 2018 10:23 AM
No player has more presure than Messi it's hard to be him nd yet he is still da best!
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Mgqibelo Joined: 27 Jun 2018
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Mgqibelo Jun 28, 2018 09:26 AM
You don't need to be the loudest for you to be a great leader. I might just agree with Rojo.
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Maloh11 Jun 28, 2018 08:43 AM
Great team spirit wins you games
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ayab Jun 28, 2018 08:28 AM
"Best captain in the world" that is more of an understatement pal.
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alizebucs1986 Jun 28, 2018 08:05 AM
Maybe i can agree this time with Rojo,Messi is the best Captain in the world True..nothing less nothing more
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Warras4phefeni Jun 28, 2018 08:01 AM
Sampaoli is useless
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indidane Joined: 12 Jan 2011
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indidane Jun 28, 2018 06:54 AM
@LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani , True that.... These guys nearly gave me Heart attack .... T00 many 0verrated average c0ws in this team.
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clemz7 Jun 28, 2018 06:19 AM
OK
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MR E Jun 28, 2018 04:25 AM
Now he's showinggoing that he is a captain, big up to Messi and his boys
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Joined: 09 Feb 2017
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jun 28, 2018 03:52 AM
But you guys can kill the person with heart. Some of you don't deserve to represent this country, Argentina.
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JOMMAK Jun 28, 2018 12:10 AM
Contrary to what some idiots might think, the best leader is not necessarily the one who shouts or talks the loudest, but it's the one who inspires, sometimes by words, but mostly by example. The GOAT doesn't have to scream to put his message effectively across...

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