From Messi favourites to rank outsiders - How Argentina's fall from grace played out at the bookmakers

From Messi favourites to rank outsiders - How Argentina's fall from grace played out at the bookmakers

The World Cup has been a disaster for the 2014 finalists.

Before the 2018 World Cup kicked off, Lionel Messi-led Argentina were among favourites to win the competition.

However, their worst start to a World Cup since 1974 has seen bookmakers take drastic measures – and are now less favoured than South American rivals Uruguay.

The 2014 World Cup finalists have seen their odds shoot from 11/1 pre-tournament to rank outsiders at 33/1, following their lacklustre start to their campaign.

Their ability to qualify is no longer in their hands, with La Albiceleste now needing to be beat Nigeria and hope that other results go their way In Group D.

Star man Lionel Messi has also seen his chances of landing individual awards diminish at this year’s tournament.

He’s now 70/1 to be top scorer with no goals to his name, having been a strong favourite at 12/1 before a ball was kicked.

The Argentinean was also the 7/1 favourite to retain the Golden Ball award but is now 33/1, with arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo looking more and more likely at 3/1.