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'Messi Is Not A Leader. He's No Ronaldo'

'Messi Is Not A Leader. He's No Ronaldo'

By SL International - Jun 24, 2018 09:03 AM

Argentina captain Lionel Messi does not possess the same leadership quality as Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a former FC Barcelona player.

Read: Messi's Argentina Facing Elimination, Croatia Advance

Messi has come in for a lot of criticism following Argentina's winless start to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Ronaldo has already netted four goals in the tournament and are on the brink qualifying for the knockout stage.

Former Barca midfielder Emmanuel Petit, who won the World Cup with France, wants to see a better mentality from Messi.

"He's not a leader. He's no Ronaldo in that regard. Messi is one of the best players ever, but he needs to show that mentality," Petit told bookmaker Paddy Power.

"He needs to wake up! When things go well with Barcelona he's a terrific player.

"We've seen it in the Champions League though, when things don't go well, he can disappear on the pitch.

"He's not there anymore. He's not running, he's walking. He's not concerned about the ball. Come on."


Do you think Argentina will qualify for the next round of the World Cup? Have your say in the comment section below.


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RealManUchiefz Joined: 11 Jun 2017
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RealManUchiefz Jun 25, 2018 12:38 PM
U knw wht thy say umlomo wakho lipolisa lakho if he dragged the say team to the final why is he not doing it again this is the reason ppl are blaming messi for argentina failure bcoz the groupies are saying he alone took them to the final and lost i guess he was tired by then
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RealManUchiefz Joined: 11 Jun 2017
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RealManUchiefz Jun 25, 2018 12:34 PM
U can never b a bad plyr after 1 or 2 games the guy is great thts a fact the prblm is his groupies thy lack football brains if the shoe fits u can wear it
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Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Jun 25, 2018 09:34 AM
Messi fans please don't remind us about the past just accept and move on Messi is not performing in this world cup finish & klaar while other stars are doing wonders i.e. Lukako, CR7, Modric, Coughtino, Kane etc.
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King of them ALL Joined: 31 Mar 2018
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King of them ALL Jun 25, 2018 08:19 AM
CR7 doesn't peak players to help him reach his pick but make players to see the light that we also can do it and help the team conquer
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Bubbles Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Bubbles Jun 25, 2018 08:04 AM
He was under pressure. The 2018 world cup is not easy. Is very tough.
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Ricworld Joined: 29 Feb 2016
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Ricworld Jun 25, 2018 07:12 AM
Messi has always been a better player than Ronaldo in previous world cups.People seems to forget that in 2014 he dragged this same ordinary Argentina into the final something your so called hero will never do. Some cows are talking as if Ronaldo has won the WC already......
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Tsikinosky Joined: 08 Jun 2016
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Tsikinosky Jun 25, 2018 06:41 AM
Petit say Messi is nt fit enuf 2 play out of Spain if u cn read well. CR7 fits everywhr around the world n he performs well wen teamming up wth every playa.
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Balebetse Joined: 01 Mar 2018
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Balebetse Jun 24, 2018 11:52 PM
Ae messi is not a world class player ya at club level ronaldo is the best
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King of them ALL Joined: 31 Mar 2018
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King of them ALL Jun 24, 2018 10:58 PM
Dybala performs better than him but bcoz the loser/Massisy despise him then he won't be in the starting line up to outdone him but anyway he will be exposed bcoz no sane player is willing to play for him since Argentine is no Barcow where all the spotlight is on "The tokoloshi" guy "Yes u heard me"
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King of them ALL Joined: 31 Mar 2018
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King of them ALL Jun 24, 2018 10:49 PM
Massisy is no leader ofcoz bcoz leaders lead by example not a player who wants every player to lead/play for him instead of a collective effort to win games,the Guy is just as ordinary as any ball juggler around the field,he is no magician nor trick master in the field,he just runs headlesly without any direction "Yes u heard me"
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Mr Moloto Joined: 25 May 2018
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Mr Moloto Jun 24, 2018 10:46 PM
(Le lebotse ga le fetolwe) Messi is overrated while he is just an ordinary attacker i really don't see anything special about this guy he is not a team player like Ronaldo he does'nt fight for the ball nor his team on the pitch he just sneaks between weak defenders agains small teams he never came to the party in any world cup he ever played so far and this might be his last world cup since he is a quiter.
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Sanchez Alexis Jun 24, 2018 09:21 PM
The only thing I hate is to hear people calling him'the tokoloshe'
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jun 24, 2018 09:08 PM
Viva Iran viva
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Theemba M Joined: 05 Jan 2018
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Theemba M Jun 24, 2018 08:39 PM
They have quality but they are not clicking,they play individual,already stats told me they wont qualified
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jun 24, 2018 08:32 PM
I agree and disagree, I find out that his teammates are not mentality strong. The team lack what we call quality and talent to show on the pitch which make Messi look an ordinary player. It is pity to find out that you are a special player but you play along with quantity players, that makes you lack energy all the time you are over the ball. Example: you create a great pass, but due to lack of football brain the guy opt to disappoint you. Come on.
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DopeZN Joined: 22 Jan 2014
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DopeZN Jun 24, 2018 08:11 PM
He has a weak mentality
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japanakajp.nb@gmail.com Jun 24, 2018 05:53 PM
Dis iz not a political party where u need leaders dis iz soccer where we need prayers n d 1 u r referring to iz d world best player don't talk kak
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murendeni joe Jun 24, 2018 05:46 PM
He is too emotional
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dcdanny-home Jun 24, 2018 04:47 PM
Messi is good playing from the right wide cutting through the pitch to proceed towards goal in attack. BUT CR7 plays both left,right and centre roles. He scores with both left,right and head. He can pass and trap the ball with his back,neck and basically uses most parts of his body to control the ball. He has vision to guide and indicate to whom the ball must be passed before he is the recipient in setting up attack.CR7 drops to defend set pieces. He burst in sprint speed like a twenty something year old
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Ntsunda112 Joined: 11 Jun 2018
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Ntsunda112 Jun 24, 2018 03:35 PM
All said from the legend's mouth, and that's the proof of what we saw on the champions league

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