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Lionel Messi battling to lift Argentina and match Cristiano Ronaldo's heroics

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson and Alexis Nunes look ahead to Denmark-Australia, France-Peru, Argentina-Croatia and predict who'll come out on top.
ESPN's Alison Bender catches up with a Spanish fan who embarked on a 74-day journey, cycling from Valencia to Moscow without a match ticket.
The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- They say it exists only in our minds, and that's fine. They should say that. They should also say that it isn't anything more than a made-up teeter-totter wobbling back and forth in the collective brains of anyone who loves soccer.

Lionel Messi? Cristiano Ronaldo? Ronaldo? Messi?

To both players, the comparison is either contrived or silly (or both). But to us, it is the meat of what makes sports fascinating, the bedrock of conversation in bars or at concession stands...

 By Ian Darke

Opponents of VAR are wrong and other World Cup observations

It's Day 7, and not only does that mean it's the second round of group games, but it's also time to check out who's leading in Ballsupski anti-fantasy football and which famous celebrity will be celebrating their birthday in front of the TV today.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- If you grew up anywhere west of Berlin, there is a tendency to think of Russia as a scene in a James Bond movie: vast and mysterious, with a language impenetrable to all but the smartest students. It is an offbeat setting for a World Cup.

Yet football's ability to cross divides and cultures is a thing of wonder. It warmed the heart to see the Russian people going wild on the Nevsky Prospect, St Petersburg's answer to Broadway, after the hosts had virtually assured a place...

Argentine manager struggles: Five in Russia but none win first World Cup match

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes look ahead to Portugal-Morocco, Uruguay-Saudi Arabia and Iran-Spain and predict who'll come out on top.

Argentina arrived in Russia with a World Cup record already under their belt. With five coaches, the nation has the greatest number of managers at the 2018 World Cup, matching the record that Brazil held in Germany 2006.

Jorge Sampaoli (Argentina), Jose Pekerman (Colombia), Ricardo Gareca (Peru), Hector Cuper (Egypt) and Juan Pizzi (Saudi Arabia) emulated the feat of their Brazilian counterparts 12 years ago when Carlos Alberto Parreira (Brazil), Luiz Felipe Scolari (Portugal), Zico (Japan), Alexander...

Argentina introducing Paulo Dybala is the game-breaking change Jorge Sampaoli needs

The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.

Paulo Dybala's first start for Argentina ended in tears. In September 2016, at home against Uruguay, he was sent off before half-time for a pair of fairly innocuous challenges and left the pitch with his shirt pulled up high to dry his eyes. He was calmed only when team masseur Marcelo D'Andrea reminded him that Lionel Messi had himself been sent off on his debut.

"That's what superstars do," he said. "You've already passed the test."

In the time he did get, Dybala left a couple of hints as...

Argentina should drop Angel Di Maria, add creativity to midfield vs. Croatia

Editor's note: This was originally published by ESPN Argentina. Read it here.

MOSCOW -- Argentina's 1-1 draw against Iceland in their World Cup opener left them with at least three certainties: They can (and need to) play much better; doubts persist regarding key positions; and "this is just the beginning," the phrase that has become the motto of both players and coach alike.

While the tie at Spartak Stadium is not a complete disaster, it confirmed that Argentina's group is not as simple as...

 By Ian Darke

Germany, Argentina, Spain and Brazil learn World Cup won't be easy

Raphael Honigstein joins the FC panel to discuss the ramifications of Germany's defeat to Mexico, Mats Hummels' postmatch comments and more.
The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.
Steve McManaman breaks down Neymar's performance as the FC crew react to Brazil's draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.
The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.

ST. PETERSBURG -- All those World Cup previews are proving -- not for the first time -- that predictions can make fools of us all. Who would have thought, for example, that Brazil, Germany, Spain and Argentina would play their first games and not muster a win between them?

First impressions can be misleading, of course. In 2010, Spain lost their opener against Switzerland but went on to lift the trophy; four years later, Italy started with a win against England but failed to get out of the group...