When Moscow confectioners found out Lionel Messi would be celebrating his birthday during the World Cup, they decided he needed a gift that measured up - a life-size chocolate sculpture in his likeness.
"The most important thing is to compete well and then God and Messi will decide if we can win the World Cup," Argentina president Mauricio Macri said of his country's chances of winning the tournament in Russia.
KATHMANDU, June 4: Argentina starts 2018 FIFA World Cup which is set to kick off from June 14 to July 15, to get one better of the last finals when it lost to Germany 1-0 in the final in 2014. The 'Group of Death' of has Croatia, Iceland, and Nigeria also fighting for their bids.
FEB 21: Argentina icon Lionel Messi denied Chelsea a famous victory with his first goal in nine matches against the Blues to hand Barcelona the edge in this engrossing UEFA Champions League round-of-16 opener.
CHICAGO, June 11: Argentina raced out to a seventh-minute lead thanks to an unlikely source in centre-back Otamendi.
Despite being deemed fit to play by coach Gerardo Martino, Messi was named among the substitutes in Chicago, but the captain came off the bench and took the game by storm to seal Argentina's passage through to the knockout round of the Copa América at Soldier Field.