First he had a penalty saved by Ali Beiranvand and was later saved by a review as Iran's players called for him to be sent off following an incident with Morteza Pouraliganji. "There's only one option for us, (which) is that he plays his last game in St. Petersburg".
But Argentina is still a slight favorite to advance as the runner-up in Group D after Nigeria beat Iceland on Friday.
Having drawn with Argentina in their opener, Iceland then lost 2-0 to Nigeria, meaning they need to beat the Croatians, hope Nigeria fail to beat Argentina, and also earn themselves a better goal difference than Nigeria or Argentina.
Their first game showcased a big clash of styles when they played Iceland.
But for all of Argentina's faults fans do not want to see one of the greatest footballers of all time in Lionel Messi heading home so soon.
The sculpture will also be put on display in Bronnitsy, a town located about 50 kilometres from Moscow that is Argentina's base during the month-long tournament.
However, when they made the trip to Reykjavík, a last-minute Hordur Magnússon goal helped Hallgrímsson's side to a victory over Croatia in a tightly contested qualification game. Croatia have shown what they can beat strong teams.
Maradona insisted he "would love" to meet the Argentina players before the critical Nigeria game - and suggested that several of his former teammates should join him for the meeting.
"He is one of the big names in Russian Federation who has made a strong start to this World Cup, in terms of goals, with four so far".
To Santiago Lautaro, the Super Eagles are more of a team than the Argentines. "We want to make amends for that loss", he said. They have a manager who likes to press teams, but a squad of players who don't press well.
Recalling some fond memories Musa said: "I can remember four years ago when Messi played in Brazil I scored two goals, and when I transferred to Leicester I played against Barcelona and he's on the pitch and I scored another two goals". "However, being a believer, I refuse to give up hope in La Albiceleste", Maradona wrote in his column for Times of India on Tuesday.
"For the good of Argentina, I am sure Lionel Messi will be touching the ball a lot more than in our previous match". "Those of us who are goalkeepers know how it feels".