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Under-Fire Sampaoli Thanks Messi For Hug

Under-Fire Argentina Boss Jorge Sampaoli Thanks Lionel Messi For Hug

By Keegan Kruger - Jun 27, 2018 10:29 AM @KeeganKruger

Under-fire Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli thanked Lionel Messi for sharing a bit of affection with him after his side’s dramatic 2-1 over Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday.

Click through the gallery above to see images of pictures of Argentina’s 2-1 win over Nigeria.

The FC Barcelona star scored the opening goal of the match, but it was Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo’s late volley, which earned La Albiceleste all three points and a place in the competition's round of 16.

In a week, which reportedly saw a group players attempt to get Sampaoli fired, the team managed to step up for their critical clash against the Super Eagles and the manager had nothing but praise for his captain.

“You know when Leo came and hugged me, I felt very proud and happy because he knows I am passionate, very passionate every single day,” Sampaoli said after the game, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

“I have had the chance to travel with him, share many moments with him. He knows we had this common dream in coming to Russia.

“The most important thing about Leo is his human side. He is a person who laughs, who cries, who suffers when Argentina wins.

“I have seen him happy and sad in crisis times like today. People say he does not enjoy playing for Argentina, but I do not agree.

“He loves playing for Argentina, and that makes him even bigger.”

Read: Messi Breaks Maradona Record, Writes World Cup History

Argentina will now face Group C winners France on Saturday at 16:00 at the Kazan Arena.

Do you think Argentina have enough to win the World Cup? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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WTSHIBAMBU Joined: 20 Oct 2010
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WTSHIBAMBU Jun 27, 2018 08:27 PM
Wena Sampaoli are you gayi or homo$exuall why do you celebrate to be hugged by a fellow man you are not even ashamed to say you felt good
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JOMMAK Joined: 25 Aug 2017
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JOMMAK Jun 27, 2018 04:33 PM
You're right @khothakhosi, France are going home on Saturday not bcos Argentina are better but bcos they have the GOAT...
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spenza aka tmaster Joined: 09 Sep 2017
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spenza aka tmaster Jun 27, 2018 03:12 PM
@Vuyo305 THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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KhothaKhosi Joined: 15 Feb 2018
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KhothaKhosi Jun 27, 2018 02:27 PM
France is going home on Saturday. The GOAT is now back, the monkey off his back.
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ToivoYaToiva Jun 27, 2018 02:22 PM
@Vuyo305 Look at the corner kicks 2nd half they were all defended at the first first by Nigeria
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Ambzo Joined: 01 Jun 2017
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Ambzo Jun 27, 2018 02:18 PM
Sampaoli is technical and tactical bankrupt ,it's clear that he does not have powers in the dressing room well done to Leo, I saw him becoming the leader that he is by talking to the players ,scrappy qualification but they did it and history has taught me that teams that qualify like Argentina end up winning the cup but my money is on England and Belgium .
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Pirates_999 Jun 27, 2018 01:25 PM
I wish Argentina can lose to France so that they can see Dyabala deserve to be in the starting line up
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catalan10messi Jun 27, 2018 11:33 AM
Stupid coach why bench Dybala.....that cow Huigan must sit outside
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leendomint Jun 27, 2018 10:45 AM
Truth be told coach, Argentina is not performing well, something must be done... as long as you still keep Dybala in the bench you wont find peace
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Vuyo305 Joined: 22 Jun 2018
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Vuyo305 Jun 27, 2018 10:40 AM
Messi is the only person that I keeping peace I Argentina team. Unlike other guys who just want to sack the coach. Messi knows how important this is form him and for his country. If Argentina sack the coach that will bring negative publicity to the team and leave the squad devised. So big up messi. Many people will always say messi is not a good leader only becouse he dose not talk much in public, but he does a lot of ground work for the team.

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