Argentina may have struggled through the group stages but Diego Maradona believes in Argentina and hopes that Lionel Messi still has a chance of winning the World Cup.
Argentina battled hard to win against Nigeria 2-1, which was their first in the tournament, to squeeze into the knockout rounds.
"Yes, of course, it can be," Maradona was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Marca to the question whether this could still be Messi's tournament.
"This is just beginning, it's in diapers. Now is when we start playing," the 57-year-old former World Cup winner added.
"No one can retreat any more. The teams have to attack. If not, at most you go to penalties."
"I have a lot of respect for France and Spain will not have an easy time against Russia either. Now is when all the players start their engines. Their dream is to win a World Cup and now they must prove it," the Argentina legend added.