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Cary Erickson | 26 June, 2018, 01:46

Argentina's World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has been left outraged by his Country's poor start to their World Cup campaign, and wants to meet with the Albiceleste players before their crunch encounter against Nigeria on Tuesday.

So far, this tournament has been a huge disappointment for Messi and Argentina, which finished as runner-up at the 2014 World Cup.

They are now last in Group D with one point and a negative-three goal differential.

The Argentina federation were even moved on Saturday to confirm that Sampaoli would continue for the final group game among rumours of a rift between players and coach.

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Messi made the revelation while celebrating his 31st birthday on Sunday, June 24 ahead of Argentina's crucial tie against Nigeria.

Their match against Nigeria on Tuesday night is a must win for Messi and co. who have looked a disjointed, incoherent muss thus far in Russian Federation. And Argentina is very unhappy.

"Leo is fine", insisted veteran midfielder Javier Mascherano, who knows Messi better than most having spent eight years as his club teammate at Barcelona. 'But as a collective, where things don't go as we'd like, we all have our own frustrations.

However, the South American side are now banking on a lifeline following Nigeria's 2-0 and will be praying to reach the knockout rounds, if they can beat the three time African champions in Tuesday's showdown in St Petersburg.

Argentina played out a disappointing 1-1 draw with Iceland in their opening Group D clash before following that up with a comprehensive 0-3 defeat dealt at the hands of Luka Modric's Croatia.