Lionel Messi needs to up his game for World Cup final against Germany

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Lionel Messi will be at the Maracana on Sunday leading Argentina out in Rio for the World Cup final. The fact that he and they produced one of their most uninspiring performances ever before reaching the promised land on penalties will count for nothing in Argentina today. [TICON-A SLIDESHOW] [TICON-A SLIDESHOW] [TICON-A SLIDESHOW] [TICON-A SLIDESHOW] They’ll feel they did what they had to do and they have a point because while Brazil are still mourning their humiliating semi-final loss, their fiercest rivals are celebrating a place in the decider. The dream World Cup for the hosts has slowly become their worst nightmare. The tournament won’t be ending the way the Netherlands had imagined…

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