Barcelona star Lionel Messi set to end his international career after Croatia heavy defeat

Barcelona star Lionel Messi set to end his international career after Croatia heavy defeat

- Messi and Aguero set to hang their international boots after their disappointing defeat to Croatia on Thursday, June 21

- The Argentine players are said to be unsatisfied with Jorge Sampaoli's managerial style

- A few other players might join the superstars out of the country's national team

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi might end his international boot following Argentina's massive defeat to Croatia in their World Cup Group D clash.

A goal each from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic ensured the Croats overpower their south American opposition in that encounter.

Their chances of reaching the next stage of the competition is in doubt as they are yet to win a single game in Russia.

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However, the Barca star could lead a few other players to their retirement as they are reportedly not happy with coach Jorge Sampaoli owing to his management style.

The former Chile boss removed Aguero in the second half of their game against Croatia despite his side trailing 1-0.

Meanwhile, the City star told reporters after the game that Sampaoli can: "say what he wants" after suffering a disappointing defeat to the Croatians.

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According to the Mirror, some high profile La Albiceleste players will also follow the footsteps of Messi and Aguero.

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, Ever Banega, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain are also a possiblity.

Croatia have won their opening two games against Nigeria and Argentina - meaning they are through to the next round and their next game against Iceland will be inconsequential.

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While Argentina have one last game against the Super Eagles on Tuesday, June 26 - as their chances of making it through to the next round considered very slim. earlier reported that Croatia beat 2014 finalists Argentina 3-0 to book their place in the second round stage of the competition in Russia.

La Albiceleste went into the game with the hope of claiming their first victory of the tournament after drawing their first match against Iceland.

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This is Argentina’s worst defeat at World Cup since 1958 and also their worst start since 1974 as Lionel Messi failed to help his national team.

A shocking gaffe from Argentina goalkeeper Wilfredo Ceballero gave Ante Rebic the glorious chance to score the first goal for Croatia in the 53rd minute.

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