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Argentina removes boastful banner from team base

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Argentina's Lionel Messi gets up during an international friendly soccer match with Slovenia in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Argentina's team is leaving June 9 for Brazil to compete in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) -- Argentina's players apparently aren't ready to proclaim themselves as World Cup winners just yet, even though that was the boastful message that was put up at their World Cup base in Brazil.

Argentine media visiting the ''Cidade do Galo'' (Rooster City) sports compound in Belo Horizonte ahead of the team's arrival found a triumphalist sign on the gate saying ''Welcome future champions.''

Juan Carlos Crespi, an Argentine football association official, acknowledged late Saturday it was his idea and that it didn't go down well with captain Lionel Messi and coach Alejandro Sabella, both modest men.

Their concerns appear to have been duly noted. Photos Sunday by Argentine newspaper Clarin showed the sign had been taken down and replaced by a simple ''Welcome.''

Argentina arrives Monday and opens against Bosnia on June 15.

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