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'Messi Pays The Price For Being The Best In The World'

A former Manchester United flop has leapt to the defence of five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi after Argentina suffered their first loss in a Copa America opening clash in 40 years at the hands of Colombia on Sunday.

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Messi, who has finished as a runner-up in four finals with his national team, was helpless as Lionel Scaloni's charges conceded twice in the second half to succumb to a 2-0 defeat courtesy of strikes by Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata on the weekend.

Los Cafeteros skipper Radamel Falcao has since commented on Messi's struggles with his national team, saying that his quality makes him the subject of unfair criticism with his national team.

"Messi was close to scoring against us, but he is sure to convert in the next couple of matches," Falcao told Sport.

"If Messi scores a goal, people ask for two. If he scores a free-kick, they'll say the wall wasn't set up properly. If Argentina lose, it will be talked about like it was his fault.

"That's the price you pay for being the best player in the world."

The Colombia captain was also asked about being considered favourites for the tournament after defeating the record Copa champions, Argentina.

"We can't think that we are favourites after beating Messi's Argentina," he answered.

"A lot is missing. We are just starting and anything can happen. If you fall asleep here, you will lose."

Read: Brazil Boss: Neymar Behind Only Messi & Ronaldo

Colombia will look to make it two wins from two matches when they face Qatar in their next Copa America encounter on Wednesday.

Do you think Messi can finally guide Argentina to Copa America success? Which side are you backing to win the tournament? Have your say in the comments section below.



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