Messi might need cheering up, having been criticised for his tepid performances at his fourth World Cup with Argentina facing the shocking prospect of exiting the tournament early unless remaining Group D results go their way.
Such frustrations have been taken into account by the Argentine FA and, while Sampaoli will not leave his job immediately, it is reported that he will be dismissed from the post once Argentina's World Cup campaign draws to a close.
The Barcelona star has come under criticism for his muted displays, but Maradona - who managed Messi at the 2010 World Cup - insists he is not responsible for Argentina's struggles. Argentina must win, and get help from Croatia, which has already advanced.
Croatia were able to pick three points up against Iceland in Zagreb thanks to a Marcelo Brozovic brace - as the midfielder scored a goal in both halves.
'He wants to show the world a different image to the one we've shown in the first two games'.
Argentina's World Cup mutiny has reportedly turned into a players' coup
There is a certain Diego Maradona in Russian Federation who would only love to take charge of the team once again. Argentina are clinging to the hope their captain bails them out again.
He was encouraged by Nigeria's German coach Gernot Rohr to return to his old club in Russian Federation on loan in January to get more game time ahead of the World Cup, a move Musa acknowledges has been vital.
Argentina's best bet is to score first and control the dynamic, forcing Nigeria to push forward and allowing Argentina to find Messi on the break.
Nigerian officials have reportedly issued a hands-off to clubs sniffing around their young keeper Francis Uzoho after an impressive display to keep a clean sheet in the Super Eagles' 2-0 win over Iceland.
Now TYCSports are reporting that 'the relationship between the players and the coaching staff is broken and there is no turning back.
"You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals". Mexico placed one foot in the World Cup's last 16 and left South Korea on the brink of elimination after goals from Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela clinched a 2-1 victory in Rostov. "I want to apologize to everyone that came to see us".
In their hour of need, Argentina need Messi's best once more.
If Messi felt comfortable as an off-field leader - and a postgame spokesman for the team - he would have pulled himself together, shrugged off the setback, and said something like, "We'll bounce back from this".