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The five biggest flops of the World Cup

By Agencies
The five biggest flops of the World Cup

Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain reacts next to Switzerland's Fabian Schaer (L) after his header was saved by Switzerland's goalkeeper Diego Benaglio (not pictured) during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 1, 2014. (Photo / Agencies)

Much was made before the start of the World Cup of Argentina's deadly front three of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

While Messi has been doing his part, it certainly hasn't panned out as expected for Higuain. The Napoli man came into the tournament on the back of an ankle problem and he has played as though he has six other injuries at the same time.

Higuain's plodding movement and lack of sharpness has been a theme of Argentina's matches, with the 26-year-old failing to get in dangerous positions and badly missing the few chances that have fallen his way. It says a lot that, when drawing 0-0 with Iran and struggling to break their opponents down, Higuain was substituted in the 76th minute.

He has been more of a hindrance than a help at times, and the net effect is that, with Aguero out through injury, Messi must be feeling he has to do it all alone.

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