Having never won a World Cup, the pressure is on Messi to deliver before his exemplary career comes to an end.
Argentina goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman believes Messi is locked in on the goal and described how the star man has been interacting with his team-mates.
“So far, we see him very focused, working alongside the team, giving the examples as the top ones, which is what he is,” said Guzman.
Watch the video below to see glimpses from Argentina’s training and Guzman’s full comments on Messi.
The clash between Russia and Saudi Arabia gets the World Cup under way on Thursday as the two underdogs meet in the opening match.
Saudi Arabia are ranked 67th in the world, while Russia sit 70th as the lowest-ranked side in the World Cup field.
It will be Russia, however, who have the overwhelming crowd support as they play on home soil at Luzhniki Stadium.
Check out a preview of the match in the video below.
Just hours after being sacked as Spain’s head coach, Julen Lopetegui has flown back home from Russia.
The 51-year-old was revealed as the new Real Madrid manager on Tuesday – an announcement that left the Spanish Football Federation incenced after he had not discussed the move with them.
Spanish FA chief Luis Rubiales only came to know of the news five minutes before Los Blancos announced the news and he swiftly acted by replacing Lopetegui with ex-Spanish defender Fernando Hierro on Wednesday.
Watch the video of Lopetegui ahead of his departure from Russia below: