Lionel Messi's 31st birthday marked with life-size chocolate sculpture

So Messi is not celebrated in the family circle, and with partners in the national team.

Messi, born on June 24, 1987, is celebrating his 31st birthday on Sunday and as part of the celebration, he will be gifted a copy of the FIFA World Cup long with a birthday cake by the people of Bronnitsy, the place where they are residing presently in Russian Federation for their World Cup campaign.

"These days, Cristiano Ronaldo has a very different role for Portugal", he told BBC Sport. "We will give Lionel Messi to Lionel Messi", Malkina added, laughing.

Nonetheless, the pundit says that Ronaldo, openly motivated by personal records, will be particularly upset at missing out on a chance to go level with Harry Kane, who has scored five goals at Russian Federation 2018 in just two games.

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. Stating that Portuguese superstar does not deserve all the credit he is getting for the goals he has scored so far at the World Cup. "As I said in my TV analysis after Argentina's defeat, they look like a broken team".

"So it is has been really hard for him".

But Fabregas points out that all of his strikes have come from either a set-piece, a penalty or a mistake.

"You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals".

As per the officials, Messi will be receiving a replica of the FIFA World Cup made from traditional Russian Gzhel ceramics, as a gift on his birthday from the Moscow region.

Aika said his crack congregation was on standby and ready for action, "so that what has been destroyed can be readjusted to grant the Super Eagles divine favour all through the tournament".

  • Stacy Allen