Argentina need a miracle.
After two World Cup games they’re staring down the barrel of an embarrassing early exit from Russia when many tipped them to go all the way.
But do they have a trick up their sleeve before tonight’s crunch clash against Nigeria?
Argentine journalist Marcela Mora y Araujo, speaking on the Guardian Football Daily podcast, confirmed that the last she had heard Argentina’s notorious witch doctor was flying into the camp to work his magic.
So who is this mysterious figure?
Well supposedly the sorcerer, known only as Manuel, has been aiding the Argentine national team for over a decade, dating back to the days of Juan Sebastian Veron who claims he inspired a Copa Libertadores win in 2009.
The mullet wearing magician was most recently deployed prior to Argentina’s win-or-bust World Cup qualifier against Ecuador last year to ‘bring good energy’ to the team.
Lionel Messi, of course, would go onto score a hat-trick in that game that fired his country to the finals in Russia after a poor qualifying campaign.
And it seems desperate times call for desperate measures, with Manuel reportedly on his way to save the day again.
A close follower of the witch doctor told Argentine newspaper La Clarin last year: “He sees a lot of things that others do not.
“He has a special energy.”
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