A Special Gift From Moscow Confectioners For Lionel Messi On His Birthday

Posted June 27, 2018

"The Argentinian national team is world-renowned, so, naturally, we could not forget about such an important event as the birthday of its captain", said Sports Minister of the Moscow Region Roman Teryushkov.

So far it's not been a great World Cup for Lionel Messi and Argentina, but when Moscow confectionery company Altufyevo discovered it was the star striker's birthday on Sunday (June 24), they decided he needed a gift that measured up - a life-size chocolate sculpture in his likeness.

"These days, Cristiano Ronaldo has a very different role for Portugal", he told BBC Sport. "So we can not give up on that dream", Messi was quoted as saying by The Sun.

Fabregas says that Ronaldo's four goals in two games "have come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes".

Should Argentina fail to win the 2018 World Cup, Messi will have to wait until 2022 to have another shot on the evasive trophy.

Messi - who finished as a runner-up in Brazil four years ago - was in high spirits in training today, but opened up on just how much the World Cup means to him.

"So it is has been really hard for him".

France will discover their opponents in the next round later on Tuesday, when Argentina need to beat Nigeria in Saint Petersburg to stand a chance of qualifying.

Messi is yet to provide a goal or an assist in Russian Federation and Sampaoli's men need a win over Nigeria Tuesday to have any chance of reaching the last 16.

Ronaldo has smashed several records over his glittering career and recently put his name to another as his latest goal eliminated Morocco from the World Cup.

Aika said his crack congregation was on standby and ready for action, "so that what has been destroyed can be readjusted to grant the Super Eagles divine favour all through the tournament".