He missed a penalty among 11 unsuccessful shots on goal in the 1-1 draw with Iceland before failing to make any meaningful impact in the 3-0 loss against Croatia.
To say Argentina has failed to live up to expectations in this World Cup would be a blasphemous understatement.
Sherwood then went on to critique the Argentinian manager and his team even more by saying: "He looked like he was going to fight in a pub with them tattoos".
The two-time World Cup victor sent out words of encouragement for the man in search of his first silverware with the national side ahead of their do-or-die encounter with the Super Eagles. Entering the final game of the marathon South American qualifying campaign, the world's most arduous and competitive path to the World Cup, in sixth-place, La Albiceleste conceded a goal after 40 seconds at Ecuador in high altitude Quito.
Nigeria take on Argentina knowing that a draw will probably be enough to see them through, unless Iceland heavily beat Croatia in Rostov.
"Tomorrow Argentina will start its World Cup", he told reporters on Monday.
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Mr Grieve said the statement amounted to an "obvious acknowledgement of the sovereignty of this place over the executive in black and white language".
The five time Ballon d'Or victor could have got them off to the ideal start against the Scandinavians but he missed a penalty in the second half and it's only got worse since then.
"Leo is fine", said Hebei China Fortune midfielder Javier Mascherano, who was Messi's teammate at Barca for eight years.
"But we have worked on that and, for the good of Argentina, I am sure Lionel Messi will be having the ball much against Nigeria more than the last match".
But others remained confident that Messi and the team will rise to the occasion.
"Personally, the virtual world doesn't affect me at all", he said. Image: PA Maradona also refers to Messi's 2014 World Cup outing where he was named player of the tournament.
"We think we're going to win all the games, and even if we lose we think we're going to win the next one". Messi scored twice when Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in the group stage four years ago.