Can Messi and Argentina deliver this Summer?
When it comes to his international career, Messi has several accolades to his credit, including helping Argentina to win the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He became the youngest Argentine national to play and score in the FIFA World Cup in 2006 and he won Olympic Gold in 2008.Even though Argentina’s national treasure and hero Diego Maradona has declared Messi and his official successor, many will argue that Leo has yet to reach his potential on the international stage. In South Africa, many touted Argentina as major tournament favorites, but they failed to deliver on the hype. With only 37 goals in his senior international career, many are hoping that Messi will take his country to the next level and win this Summer’s World Cup in their rivals back yard. If you ask me, this Summer is setting the stage for Argentina and all their talent to come together and deliver on all the potential they have to offer. With a fairly weak group of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran, expect la Albiceleste to find their chemistry on the pitch and a more mature Lionel Messi to really grab the spotlight and shine like the star he really is. He may not reach the Argentinian top scoring record set by Gabriel Batistuta with 56 goals, but I’m betting that Messi is a shoe in for the Golden Boot award this Summer. At this part, let us have a look on the match highlights from June 12-15 2014. • 06/12/2014 Brazil vs Croatia Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo • 06/13/2014 Mexico vs Cameroon Arena das Dunas, Natal • 06/13/2014 Spain vs Holland Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador • 06/13/2014 Chile vs Australia Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba • 06/14/2014 Colombia vs Greece Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte • 06/14/2014 Uruguay vs Costa Rica Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza • 06/14/2014 England vs Italy Arena Amazonia, Manaus • 06/15/2014 Ivory Coast vs Japan Arena Pernambuco, Recife • 06/15/2014 Switzerland vs Ecuador Estadio Nacional, Brasilia • 06/15/2014 France vs Honduras Estadio Beira Rio, Porto Alegre • 06/15/2014 Argentina vs Bosnia Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro For more updates on the World Cup 2014, check the site http://static.williamhill.com/world-cup-2014/.