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The Argentina National Team are currently facing a tough battle to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, with their recent 2-0 defeat to Bolivia in La Paz leaving them in fifth place in the South American qualifying section with four matches left.

 

With Lionel Messi set to miss all but one of Argentina's remaining qualifiers, it doesn't bode well that they lost 2-0 in Bolivia without their talisman earlier this week.

As the 29-year-old star forward Lionel Messi has been hit with a punishment by FIFA for swearing towards an official and, unless an appeal against his suspension is successful, which made it clear that the Barcelona star will not return until the final qualifier against Ecuador in October.

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But the Argentina legend Diego Maradona has recently admitted that the Argentina internatioal Lionel Messi as a 'teddy bear' and has vowed to confront FIFA president Gianni Infantino over his four-match international ban for swearing at a linesman.

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As Maradona has recently told radio show La Oral Deportivo, “I am going to speak with Infantino, I think it's terrible.”

“Four games is a lot. The seriousness of Messi's words are also very strong, but I think it [the suspension] can be changed.”

“He is a sensational person and doesn't do anything except train. He is a teddy bear with his team-mates, with everyone.”