It means Argentina must beat Nigeria - they have done so four times previously at World Cups - to retain any hope of the Barcelona superstar embellishing his magnificent career with the sport's greatest prize.
Argentina needs to beat Nigeria to retain hopes of qualifying for the second round of the competition and the players feel they may not achieve that if Sampaoli continued to manage the squad.
Despite the struggles on the pitch, a large group of Argentina supporters gathered outside the hotel where the squad are staying and began to sing songs.
"With Musa being joined by Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho in the Super Eagles' starting XI, it was also the first time that three City players have started for one team in the competition".
Diego Maradona reportedly asks for a meeting with the Argentina national team before their final group game against Nigeria on Tuesday.
THEN & NOW: The cast of 'Jurassic Park' 25 years later
Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. The Jurassic franchise may take breaks for a few years, but we'll probably see many more of these films.
Shaqiri & Xhaka celebrations spark scandal as politics overshadows Swiss win against Serbia
Knowing that victory over Switzerland would have taken them into the last 16, Serbia made a fast start to the match. Lone striker Aleksandar Mitrovic fired a powerful header beyond the helpless Yann Sommer in the Switzerland net.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce date for Prince Louis' Christening
The little royal, who was born on St George's Day in April , will be baptised at the same place as his big brother Prince George . The third son of Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge was born April 23 and is fifth in line to the throne.
His body language was completely the opposite before the Croatia game on Thursday.
"I would just like to say that when the mission and the shirt that we represent is much bigger than any type of interpretation you may be making, then we will be all united together for the same goal".
The use of animals to forecast winners at the World Cup is a fairly recent fad.
Messi was pictured with his head in his hand prior to kick-off against Croatia and Zabaleta has been concerned by his demeanour in Russian Federation.
"There are many myths about the team and about this generation", he said.
"The way the match was structured against Croatia didn't suit Messi", the coach said. In this scenario, the two teams' respective disciplinary records will come into play, and this is where Jorge Sampaoli's men are in the red, because they have three yellow cards whereas Iceland have none.
The players can listen to the manager - and they should also be able to express themselves about what they do not like from him.