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FIFA World Cup 2018: Most Important Players in Group D

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Messi and Rakitić, teammates for Barcelona, will face each other in Russia

Lionel Messi will have to put friendships aside as he will take on Rakitić and Croatia in a very tricky fixture which will probably determine the shape of this Group D in FIFA World Cup 2018.

Iceland and Nigeria are very well organised teams who can spring a surprise that could change the outcome of a game with a single flash of brilliance. Another exciting group to following in Russia.

Match to Watch: Argentina v Croatia (21st June, 7 PM GMT)

#1 Argentina - Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi

Messi, arguably the best player in the world, will predictably be at the heart of every move Argentina puts together as they try to get their hands on the coveted World Cup for a third time.

He single-handedly helped Argentina qualify for the tournament in Russia, after an underwhelming qualifying campaign, by scoring a hat-trick against Ecuador in the final qualifier.

After losing in three straight finals with Argentina, Messi will be itching to add a major international trophy to his already stellar trophy cabinet, failing which he looks set to retire for the second time from the national squad.

Notable Mention: Nicolás Otamendi

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