Lionel Messi Stuns Reporter With Incredible Heartwarming 'Good Luck Charm' Gesture

Lionel Messi Stuns Reporter With Incredible Heartwarming 'Good Luck Charm' Gesture

Javier Howell
June 30, 2018

Argentina squeezed into the last 16 of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Nigeria on Tuesday night - and pundit Rio Ferdinand has told BBC's coverage of the game that he was impressed with midfielder Ever Banega.

As we approach the knock out stage at this year's World Cup, six prominent all-time records have been broken in Russian Federation, among which is the most penalties awarded in a single edition, with last night's kick by Moses taking the figure to 23.

The South American side needed to beat the Super Eagles in their last game of the group stage to secure their progression to the last 16, but looked to be heading out after a Victor Moses penalty had cancelled out impressive Messi's first-half opener.

"We'll play with a knife between our teeth", he said.

After playing the most soporific game of the World Cup so far, France will feature in a seismic last-16 clash of former champions with a resurgent Argentina on Saturday, and they will have to drastically improve if they are to stop Lionel Messi.

Reports of a rift between the team and coach Jorge Sampaoli haven't helped either. The extremely humble nature of the Argentina skipper made him wear the token of luck and it was nothing but an incredible act of humanity and kindness.

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Lionel Messi scored the opening goal for Argentina against Nigeria.

After that Messi left and Pantorotto turned towards the camera and said, "Ma, my dear, he put the string on his leg".

Argentina opened the tournament with a disappointing draw against Iceland, prompting a reporter to pass along a good-luck charm to Messi.

"We need to control the match, that's our starting-point, we need to control the game throughout".

His club team mate Samuel Umtiti, however, believes that Argentina's talisman is different from the player he is for Barcelona. Defensively, they are very solid when they recover the ball and attack quickly.

But its past World Cup exploits and ability to produce one great footballer in every generation gives it a global fan base, perhaps rivalled only by Brazil. I told MESSI that we were going to use a plan which we had already trained, a more offensive one. I've seen him sad and I've seen him happy, like he was today.