Lionel Messi takes responsibility for Argentina's draw against Iceland

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Lionel Messi has taken full responsibility for Argentina’s draw against Iceland in their first Group D stage game of World Cup 2018.

After Sergio Aguero had put Jorge Sampaoli’s men ahead and Alfred Finnbogason equalised for the underdogs, the Barcelona superstar had the chance of putting his team back into the lead in the 64th minute.

However, Messi missed from the penalty spot as Hannes Halldorsson saved to keep the game at 1-1.

“It hurts me to have missed the penalty, because it was the decisive advantage,” Messi told reporters post-match.

“I feel responsible for not having been able to take the three points. I have no doubt that a goal from the penalty kick would have changed everything.”

Argentina’s next two games in the competition will be against Croatia and Nigeria and Messi believes there is a lot to look forward to.

“We have not lost our hopes despite the draw, we still have the same desire,” he said. “I think we deserved the victory. We worked hard trying to find spaces in the Icelandic defense, but we couldn’t do it.

“This result doesn’t have to weigh on us looking forward. We have a few days to rest and to prepare the next match.”

Albiceleste will now face group leaders Croatia on June 21, who managed to secure a 2-0 win against Nigeria on Saturday.

“We didn’t plan to start with a draw in the first game, but no team will make it easy for you to win,” Messi said.

“This World Cup is going to be very even, all the matches are very close.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo is unique but Lionel Messi brings more magic, says Brazilian Ronaldo

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Brazilian legend Ronaldo has favoured Barcelona star Lionel Messi when compared to his rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking ahead of World Cup 2018 in an interview with Sport Bild, the former striker heaped praise on the Real Madrid superstar as well as the Argentina, but very clearly stated his choice.

“With his incredible attitude and his incredible winning mentality, Cristiano Ronaldo is a unique player, but I admit that Lionel Messi still adds more magic to football,” he said.

“With his dribbles, his complete way of playing the game, he (Messi) always generates surprise situation in attacks.”

Messi (R) and Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo

The World Cup winner also explained that the Portugal international’s move to Spain from England has had a great impact on his career.

He said: “The best thing that could have happened was moving to Madrid.”

“At Manchester United it was already incredible the number of goals he was scoring, but in Real Madrid he’s become even more complete.”

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Indian star equals Lionel Messi's international goalscoring record

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National hero: Sunil Chhetri.

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri has levelled Lionel Messi‘s international goal record.

The 33-year-old forward netted a brace in Sunday night’s 2-0 win over Kenya in their Intercontinental Cup clash in Mumbai.

Having arrived into the match with 62 goals from 102 appearances, Chhetri’s two-goal haul catapulted him to 64 strikes and level with Messi’s goal record for Argentina.

The feat also places him joint-second, along with the Barcelona icon, in the most active international goalscorer stakes in world football.

Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, tops that list having scored an incredible 81 goals in 150 appearances for Portugal.

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