The Only Thing Messi Is Missing πŸ†

Argentina vs. Croatia for a spot in the World Cup Finals, are you not entertained? Messi has one last chance to bring one home his country, but Croatia has proven to be a tough out over the past two tournaments. This one should be fun ⚽️ (3 min read)

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Messi's Final Chapter

For the past 15 years, when you think of soccer you probably think of Lionel Messi. He is one of the best players to ever step on the pitch, and his accolades obviously back it up. Just look at some of these numbers πŸ†

  • 790 career goals

  • Most goal in La Liga (474)

  • 7x Ballon d'Or winner

  • 10 league titles with Barcelona

Missing from this list is obviously a World Cup title. Argentina has made it past the group stage in all five of Messi's WC appearances, with the best result being a second place finish back in 2014, losing 1-0 to Germany (who has Messi's number) πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ

  • 2006: lost to Germany in Quarterfinals

  • 2010: lost to Germany in Quarterfinals

  • 2014: lost to Germany in the Finals

  • 2018: lost to France in Round-of-16

  • 2022: Semi-Finals vs. Croatia today

I have a feeling the majority of sports fans are rooting for Messi & Argentina to win this year's World Cup, ending his International career in style. Croatia has proven to be a giant killer over the past two tournaments, take a look at today's lines πŸ‘‡

  • Odds To Advance: Argentina -270 (bet $270, win $100), Croatia +210 (bet $100, win $210)

  • Over/Under: 2.5 Goals

  • When: 2PM EST on FOX

Trivia Question: Can you name the eight countries that have won a World Cup?

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Giant Killers

Luka Mordric, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic and Dominik Livakovic. Outside of Modric, who won the Ballon d'Or in 2018, most of these players aren't your typical household names. However, they've all played together for almost a decade, and have the stones to take on the world's best πŸ‡­πŸ‡·

In 2018, Croatia won their group (over Argentina) and proceeded to gut out three straight extra time wins in Russia, a trend that has carried over four years later in Qatar. Do they have one more spoiler in them? Peep their run over the past two World Cups πŸ‘‡

  • 2018: beat Denmark in penalties

  • 2018: beat Russia in penalties

  • 2018: beat England in extra time

  • 2018: lost to France in the Finals

  • 2022: beat Japan in penalties

  • 2022: beat Brazil in penalties

As you can see, the last thing you want is to do get into a shootout with Croatia. While Argentina just recently squeaked by the Netherlands in PKs, I have a feeling Messi takes care of business before it gets to that point 🐐

This game should be really fun, and while we all like goals, I'm not sure if we're going to see too many. Three games left in the World Cup, move some meetings around and make sure you don't miss this one ⚽️

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For My Parlay Gurus

I'm rooting for Messi, the guy deserves a World Cup win and he obviously won't have another chance considering he's 35-years-old. Soccer parlays are hard, but I'm going with Argentina to advance and Messi to score. He has the best odds to net one, but it's still a reach. Check it out πŸ‘‡

  • Argentina To Advance vs. Croatia: -270

  • Lionel Messi Anytime Goal Scorer: +350

$100 on this bet would win you $517 β€” if we hit, make sure you email [email protected] for a chance to win up to $100*. Many will enter, only some will win πŸ˜‰

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Trivia Answer: Brazil (5), Germany (4), Italy (4), Argentina (2), France (2), Uruguay (2), Spain (1) and England (1) are the only countries to win a World Cup

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