FIFA World Cup: Will 'Extreme' Dependence on Lionel Messi Hurt Argentina?

Argentina are favourites against Belgium in their FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match but there is a lot of pressure on Lionel Messi to perform once again.

updated: July 04, 2014 11:59 IST
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Lionel Messi will have his eyes solely on the ball when Argentina face off against Belgium


Brasilia: Argentina will once again turn to Lionel Messi for inspiration when they tackle star-studded Belgium in Brasilia on Saturday in a World Cup quarter-final haunted by ghosts of yesteryear.

Victory would take Argentina into the last four -- where either Holland or Costa Rica will await -- for only the second time since they last won the tournament in 1986, beating Belgium in the semi-finals en route.

But despite results living up to expectations -- Argentina have won all four of their games to date -- performances have not, and the team's dependence on Messi has been cited as the key factor. (Also read: Beware Argentina - Belgian boys are men now | Belgian fans count on Brazil's support)

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