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'Messi Must Be Left Out Of Argentina Team'

'Lionel Messi Must Be Left Out Of Argentina Team'

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jul 10, 2018 08:27 AM @KurtLaduma

With FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi having been criticised for his performances with Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a former Albiceleste star believes the forward should be left out of the team in future.

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Jorge Sampaoli's Argentina disappointed at the World Cup in Russia, where they were knocked out of the round of 16 by France.

Despite having good moments of his own, Messi was unable to inspire his national team to any sort of success at the tournament, which is why 1978 World Cup winner Mario Kempes feels the Barcelona man must be left out of the team unless he is really needed.

"Messi must be left to rest from any national team duties because we have seen that there is nothing much he can do," he told Mundo Albiceleste.

"You have to start working with players who are based in Argentina. Only then, if it is necessary and if you feel like it, you can include Messi in the team."

Kempes also slammed the team for its lack of character.

"He (Messi) is the soul of the team and if things do not work, there is no one else who has the ability to put the team on his shoulder," he added.

"The players in the national team lack personality and courage."

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Messi has contributed to 110 goals in 126 matches for Argentina since his senior debut in 2005.

Do you agree with Kempes' sentiments? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
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alizebucs1986 Jul 10, 2018 01:24 PM
@ta more@mbekweni but no matter how u try to protect Masesi,Argentinians will be keeping an eye on his perfomances all the time because of the pain he caused against Chile,that is whether u like it or not
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ta more@mbekweni Jul 10, 2018 12:46 PM
@alizebucs1986 cows don't think like Messi they are always on edge like you and Ronaldo envious on everything about their competition hate,dispise,jealousy these are the makings of you and it's forever no can change you
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alizebucs1986 Jul 10, 2018 12:36 PM
Argentina are still trophyless in Masesi's era,i wont forget the Penalty he missed against Chile which handed the Chileans a trophy,and if Masesi fans thinks Argentinians have forgotten that..then think again
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alizebucs1986 Jul 10, 2018 12:30 PM
A cow is a cow
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Khosism Jul 10, 2018 11:25 AM
These ungrateful Argentinians! Soccer is a team sport, and Messi can't win the world cup alone. Even Maradona did not win the world cup alone, though he was brilliant in the 1986 and 1990 world cups. But even he, Maradona, needed support from his teammates, a bit of luck and a hand ball goal to take Argentina to world cup glory. What should Messi do when the goalkeeper and his defense give opponents free goals? What could have Messi done when he passed the ball to Higuain to score and Higuain could not score with only the keeper to beat in the 2014 final? This ungratefulness is unfair. They forget that if it wasn't Messi they wouldn't even have made it to the world cup in the first place
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vijjox Jul 10, 2018 10:09 AM
You see!!!
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Blasta Jul 10, 2018 09:20 AM
I believe that Messi is unfairly being criticized because he doesn't play alone for Argentina, he has practitlty done everything in his power to help his national team achieve something but unfortunately I hasn't been a good run but to be solely criticized that is very unfair,I hear people saying at Barca he shines because everyone does what he is expected of them the is not much to dependence on him like in Argentina,I guess when u have his abilities people expect miracles even though football is a team sport.Messi is the best and has my respect.

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