France vow to end Lionel Messi's World Cup dreams

Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal against Nigeria at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg

World Cup 2018: Umtiti reveals difference between Messi at Barcelona, Argentina

Argentina have the edge on the head-to-head record, registering six wins against three draws and only two defeats.

Diego Maradona believes the 2018 World Cup can still be Argentina star Lionel Messi's tournament.

Since then, France are unbeaten in eight World Cup fixtures against CONMEBOL opposition (W4 D4).

But, he added: "Argentina will play an aggressive style of football, we're going to attack from kick-off".

In addition, the playmaker has to cope with the expectations of his countrymen, who are banking him to come home with the World Cup, it is looking like his last opportunity to lay claim to the $20m worth trophy. With the pressure on against Nigeria, Messi finally produced a sublime opening goal to give his team the lead early on, although the Argentinians still needed a late victor from the unlikely source of defender Marcos Rojo to scrape into second place. On both cases, Argentina reached the Finals.

Argentina lead 6-3 against France in global tournaments including the World Cup and friendlies.

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The FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Argentina Round of 16 match will take place on June 30, 2018.

After scraping through the group stages, Lionel Messi's objective is clear: to refind something like his best form and lead his country to World Cup glory. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an worldwide friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0.

"We want to control the game throughout, if we don't I am sure it will become a very physical game, which will not suit us at all". On the performances so far these are the two sides I can't see winning it.

The South Americans looked in real danger of crashing out at the group stage before a dramatic victory over Nigeria saw them through to the last 16 as runners-up behind Croatia.

France's defenders who play at Spanish clubs: By that do you mean that our three defenders who play in LaLiga (Varane, Umtiti and Hernández) and who know Messi could be a factor in our favour? This move would also allow France to accommodate another player instead of Giroud.

"We will try to stop him but he's not the only one in this Argentina team, they have other strikers", a UK Daily Mail report, quoted Umtiti as saying.

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