The PSG superstar’s best support appears to now be with Julian Alvarez after Lautaro Martinez’s dismal tournament, while Memphis Depay looks back to his best after the win over the USA.
“We have a really tough clash with Holland, who play very well,” Messi said ahead of the game.
“They have great players and a great coach, it’s going to be hard-fought. It’s the quarter-finals of a World Cup and if a World Cup has been tough from the start, it gets even tougher at this stage.”
Here’s all you need to know about the quarter-final match at the Lusail Stadium:
When is it?
The game will is scheduled to kick off at 7pm GMT on Friday 9 December at the Lusail Stadium.
How can I watch it?
In the UK, you can watch the game live on BBC One with coverage beginning at 18:15 GMT.
Jeremie Frimpong has shaken off an ankle problem, which means Louis Van Gaal has a fully-fit squad.
Stefan de Vrij is back with the group after a knock, which forced him to sit out one training session.
Papu Gomez is a doubt after being subbed out against Australia with a sprained ankle. While Angel Di Maria is pushing to be fit despite a quadriceps injury.
Rodrigo De Paul is training separately, which could lead to Leandro Paredes starting.
Netherlands XI: Noppert; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, De Roon, De Jong, Blind; Klaasen; Gakpo, Depay
Argentina XI: Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna; De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez
Netherlands - 5/2
Draw - 21/10
Argentina - 6/5
To Qualify Odds
Netherlands - 5/4
Argentina - 4/7
Argentina have expended a lot of energy in both the loss to Saudi Arabia and their wins since. The highs are very high and the lows are very low, Lionel Messi is on a mission though and you would not bet against him to step up and lift the Albiceleste out of a sticky spot against a well-drilled Dutch side. Netherlands 1-2 Argentina.