- Cesc Fabregas claims Lionel Messi is under pressure to deliver at the 2018 World Cup
- The Barcelona star is yet to score a goal at Russia 2018 World Cup which started on June 14
- Fabregas says Lionel Messi is not playing with the players he is used to at the national team
Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas believes Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is currently struggling at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia because of pressure for him to deliver from his country.
Argentina are now on the verge of crashing out of the 2018 World Cup after getting only one point from their last two games against Iceland and Croatia.
Lionel Messi is yet to score a goal in this tournament and even missed a penalty against Iceland in Argentina's first game.
Fabregas believes Messi struggles for his country because he doesn’t have the same understanding or quality around him like he does at Barcelona.
“I think so because the pressure is different to Barcelona. I think so.
“He feels it, he feels that more people are expecting much more from him than what’s required at Barcelona. At Barcelona I think obviously the quality is higher.
“So here at Argentina, they expect he needs to score three goals every single game, like he does for Barcelona. I’m sorry but football is not that simple.
''As much as he is the best, it is difficult.” Fabregas was quoted by Daily Sta UK to have told BBC One.
Argentina will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their last Group D match at Russia 2018 World Cup in which a win for them could guarantee their passage to the round of 16.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Croatia qualified for the round of 16 at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after beating Argentina 3-0 in their second Group D game on Thursday night, June 21.
Argentina went into this game with the hope of them getting a win after drawing their first match against Iceland, but they were embarrassed by Croatia who were superb in this tie.
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.
Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic scored the three goals that condemned Argentina to a defeat against Croatia.
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