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Ex-Barca Teammate: Why I Think Messi Struggles For Argentina

Ex-Barcelona Teammate: Why I Think Lionel Messi Struggles For Argentina

By Keegan Kruger - Jun 23, 2018 02:32 PM @KeeganKruger

A former FC Barcelona teammate thinks he knows why Lionel Messi struggles to put in the same performances he does at club level for his country.

'It's Silly, Messi Cannot Be Compared To Maradona'

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has known the five-time Ballon d’Or winner since childhood, as he played alongside the Argentine at the  La Masia academy and at senior level at the Camp Nou. 

The Blues star believes the reason, why Messi struggles for his country, is because he does not have the same quality around him that he does at the Camp Nou.

 “I think so (the pressure is different to Barcelona), I think so,” the Chelsea ace said on BBC One.

“He feels it, he thinks that more people are expecting much more from him than what’s required at Barcelona.

“At Barcelona, I think. The quality is higher.

“So here (at Argentina), they expect he needs to score three goals every single game as he does for Barcelona.

“I am sorry, but football is not that simple. As much as he is the best, it is difficult.”

'It Would Be No Surprise If Messi Retires'

Argentina drew their opening game in Group D to Iceland and then followed that up with a 3-0 defeat to Croatia on Thursday night.

Do you think Argentina have done enough to try and get the best out of Messi? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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Brados Joined: 25 Jun 2018
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Brados Jun 25, 2018 11:36 AM
no they are not, if all players play their role and stop reliyng too much on messi they will win this worldcup
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CaptainJackSparrow Joined: 27 Feb 2012
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CaptainJackSparrow Jun 24, 2018 01:32 PM
Not single handedly, don't be stupid, no one plays alone in football, I'm just saying he played vital roles in both those instances. Like I said he cannot do everything all the time, no one can.
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RealManUchiefz Jun 24, 2018 10:57 AM
@lukhwazi judging by some comments hear and yoz incuded its oky to say messi dragged argentina single handely to the final but his not dragging them he must not be blamed thts funny the sooner the groupies realise tht messi is not god is not a magician his just a great plyr like many ather great plyrs he dz not ply alone hence its not fair on team to say he single handely took them to the final if he is as gud the groupies claim he is why did he lose all those finals better yet y did he miss the penalty
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CaptainJackSparrow Joined: 27 Feb 2012
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CaptainJackSparrow Jun 24, 2018 09:43 AM
I see this has become an opportunity for Ronaldo fans to capitalise, where was Ronaldo when Messi won the Golden Ball for best player of the tournament? I believe it was the same Argentina that you idiots are saying Messi cannot perform for. Again Messi keeps dragging Argentina around even if they don't want to.
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Faysal Jun 24, 2018 09:39 AM
I disagree with cesce Argentina has good players but don't click
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CaptainJackSparrow Joined: 27 Feb 2012
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CaptainJackSparrow Jun 24, 2018 09:36 AM
Argentina has much more quality then Barcelona, but the trick is they cannot expect Messi to score a hatrick every time, it's not possible, he does not do it at Barcelona, they can't expect him to do it at national level where the stakes are very high.
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afrikaanse Jun 24, 2018 09:35 AM
@Henry the king are you normal?
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afrikaanse Jun 24, 2018 09:34 AM
I would like to see those headless chicken who called Ronaldo penaldo now I'm waiting, a normal person can see that Ronaldo is miles ahead of the little Messi,
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CaptainJackSparrow Joined: 27 Feb 2012
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CaptainJackSparrow Jun 24, 2018 09:32 AM
Messi dragged Argentina to Russia, he dragged them to the final against Germany in Brazil, if you don't have a TV you would have missed all that. Argentinian supporters expect Messi to drag the team all the time, it's not possible.
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aubreysadawana Jun 24, 2018 08:49 AM
I get now that Messi as an individual is nothing, he achieved so much at Barcelona because of the quality around him. This is my analysis after reading Fabregas statement.
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Madredz Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Madredz Jun 24, 2018 07:41 AM
Good morning football fanatics. In short Fabrecas is saying Messi is a cow.
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Football maniac Joined: 24 Jun 2018
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Football maniac Jun 24, 2018 07:32 AM
@MR E I agree 100%
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Makarina Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Makarina Jun 24, 2018 04:18 AM
He was supposed to play the same position that he plays at Barcelona which is wing forward , not the no. 10 role. As good as he might be at no. 10, he cannot play his best football there due to being heavily marked.
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Jun 24, 2018 01:53 AM
Messi is surrounded by cows at Argentina, they can't even pass each other as u can see, Argentina need to get a serious goalkeeper if they want to win and go to the knockout against Nigeria
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Sphah801 Jun 24, 2018 12:33 AM
Messi is king of football? I don't agree
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Henry the king Joined: 23 Jun 2018
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Henry the king Jun 23, 2018 11:40 PM
Messi is king of football in the modern world...no dought. Cr7 realised he can't match messi skillwise and he specialised in scoring goals but messi can create and score goals as well. He played more finals on the national team than cr7 just that he's unlucky but people who don't know football are the ones saying that cr7 is the best. Messi no.1
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lukhwazi Jun 23, 2018 11:14 PM
Yekani u MESSI phansi akayona i Argentina yedwa. Baningi abadlali abahle ku squad kodwa ayikho into abayenzile so why kuthiwe messi noma kungafanele. I team yonke ayibambisene yase Argentine. Futhi ngeke usole umdlali oyedwa kodwa bonke abadlali bengezwani bengabambisani bengalaleli ngisho u couch esebakhuthaza. Abadlali be Argentine abafuni ukudlala futhi kubukeka sengathi baxabene. Bukani i team yonke hhay umuntu oyedwa...
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Soni_JX Jun 23, 2018 10:30 PM
They still call this TOKOLOSHE the "best ever".....SECOND FIDDLE COWS are really brain damaged.
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Sanchez Alexis Jun 23, 2018 09:04 PM
He must learn from Ronaldo on how to play with unknowns but still shine. Nigeria will prepare well for him come Tuesday if I'm not mistaken
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RealManUchiefz Jun 23, 2018 07:56 PM
Thts wht happens whn u choose yo frnds to ply wth u

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