FIFA World Cup Final: Argentina Prays for Lionel Messi Goals

Argentina face Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2014 title clash. Fans have enormous expectations from captain Lionel Messi who has marshaled his men well so far.

updated: July 13, 2014 00:10 IST
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Lionel Messi, right, is carrying the hopes of an entire nation.


Buenos Aires: Everyone in Rosario has a tale to tell about Lionel Messi, the Argentinian city's most famous son who rivals Pope Francis as a national icon. (Five reasons why Messi stands out)

Messi's link to the city has made the people of the port city doubly nervous about Sunday's World Cup final when their country take on Germany in Rio de Janeiro. The Barcelona striker has only scored four goals in the tournament so far. (Full preview of FIFA World Cup final)

"I hope that Messi becomes his old self again Sunday and hits a goal," said Monica Domina who once taught the football genius. (Related: Pope loves all, will stay neutral during FIFA World Cup final)

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