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Pele: Messi and Sampaoli will need luck to win World Cup for Argentina

Lionel Messi and new Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli will need to luck on their side to win the World Cup, according to Brazil great Pele.

Messi and La Albiceleste fell at the last hurdle in their quest to emulate Argentina’s achievements of 1978 and 1986, losing the 2014 final to Germany in extra time in Rio de Janeiro.

Their place at the tournament in Russia next year is by no means guaranteed – Argentina occupy fifth, the inter-confederation play-off berth, in the CONMEBOL qualifying group.

In seeking to secure safe passage to the finals, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) succeeded in luring Sampaoli away from Sevilla after just one season to replace Edgardo Bauza as national team coach.

And despite his 2015…

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