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Argentine Media Blame Messi Once Again

Argentine Media Blame Lionel Messi Once Again

By David Kappel - Sep 07, 2017 01:55 PM @kappilinho

Lionel Messi has once again come under fire from media in Argentina after the Albiceleste's latest struggles in their bid for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

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The 30-year-old was unable to help his side to beat Venezuela, who are bottom position of the South American 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification table, on Wednesday morning.

That 1-1 draw came after a 0-0 stalemate against Uruguay four days earlier, and the two results have put Argentina's World Cup qualification in doubt.

Following the lacklustre draw against Venezuela, Messi has received some heavy criticism from the press in Argentina.

"The best can't be just another player," Diego Macias wrote in Argentine publication Ole, as quoted by AS.

"The lack of partners who speak something of his language doesn't exempt him from responsibility.

"Leo played an acceptable first half. He started promisingly, with a number of those touches that make you think he's going to explode. That today's his day, one of those nights that will finish with everyone adoring him.

"But he didn't explode. 

"If during the footballing dialogue the main actor turns off, then the Argentinean side ends up with a second half that will go down in history as one of the worst in years. The best can't be just another player."

Messi retired temporarily from international football after his side lost the 2016 Copa America final on penalties, during which he missed a spot-kick – it was the fourth major final defeat in his Argentina career.

One of the suggested reasons for his retirement was the constant media criticism he receives for being the standout name in a squad filled with talents such as Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain, among others.

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However, he returned to international duty a couple of months later but could not prevent a dip in form that has seen Argentina win just two of their past nine 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Do you think Messi should do better with the national team? Have your say in the comments section below.


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dlaisa charles Joined: 23 Feb 2017
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dlaisa charles Sep 14, 2017 12:34 PM
nonsence how can you blame Messi for other players mistake cuz the guy supply them with ball but they cant convt chances
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RealChelseaChiefs Sep 08, 2017 06:07 PM
Kikiki wait wait, now he is"just a play maker" not the World's greatest player ever who takes in 7players on his own and scores marvellous goals like y'all always say he is (magician) God of football but fails to assist or score a goal against a young (national team average(23age) that were tried by Venezuela's Coach cause the Madalas of the team were failing like Messi, y'all give him all the praise n call him God when it's laliga games but he is just a joke on international level he isn't the best ever or currently he is maybe for Barca but no where else
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#eddie Joined: 16 Dec 2016
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#eddie Sep 08, 2017 03:26 PM
Messi doesn't play alone in the field.....so we can't expect him to do everything....every player has his role at the team....messi's role currently is to supply mostly so wen he supplies strikers and then they don't score....you start to criticise him!!!....sometimes we need to look at the facts before we comment foo**sh things!!
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Sabyztoh7 Sep 08, 2017 12:26 PM
@Nicho@88 Hahahaha, when Messi underperform....his fans talk about roles
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Nicho@88 Joined: 10 Aug 2017
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Nicho@88 Sep 08, 2017 12:09 PM
Messi is a play-maker, at some stage at the game he cannot score where the timing is not appropriate and then he will have to play the ball to others players, so if the fail to score should he be blame, of course not. People should know that every team from club level to national teams whenever they are up to Leo's team, their game plan is to close-off Messi, therefore other players need to up their games as they will receiving ball from him. Ronald is real a play-maker, but sole focus on goal scoring, hence Zidane has made him to play number position when he can be supplied with ball. When you look at Portugal, every player at want to make sure the ball get to CR7, but Leo he is more of play-maker.
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Gatsheni vumile siyabonga Sep 08, 2017 11:40 AM
Cowmessi
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Sep 08, 2017 10:19 AM
Messi and argentina wil be in russia
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BIG-MIKE14_VERSUS EDITOR ROUND2 Sep 08, 2017 05:50 AM
Shame he's gonna quit the national team AGAIN because we all know he doesn't take pressure that well & if the Argentinian media pushes this lil dictator he's gonna feel dizzy & vomit in a plane AGAIN.
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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Sep 08, 2017 05:00 AM
Messi can't win the game alone, people don't understand that.
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Gazankulu26 Joined: 30 Jan 2015
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Gazankulu26 Sep 08, 2017 12:12 AM
Eix sometimes na yona media
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kAIDSa cHIVs Joined: 26 Nov 2015
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kAIDSa cHIVs Sep 07, 2017 06:34 PM
As we always say; Messy is not the best and never will. As for me personally he has to prove himself in a different club then we will start talking. START TALKING I mean! He has won nothing for Argentina to add on to that.
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Hloni'mayeng2 Sep 07, 2017 05:49 PM
Ronaldo is way far ahead of him now... The only thing being Ronaldo matures with age nd Messi turns 2 this lil cry baby
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Diski Legend Sep 07, 2017 05:40 PM
He is currently out of form, there is no need for justifications, because he plays with the best players e.g Dyabala, DiMaria, Higuan, Aguero, Lavezi etc.
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MacG* Joined: 01 Apr 2017
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MacG* Sep 07, 2017 05:21 PM
LMAO... NOW I KNOW WHY DIEGO MARADONA wishes Cristiano Ronaldo were Argentine. IN 2018 W0RLD CUP QUALIFIERS Ronaldo played 7 matches (630 minutes) and Scored 14 goals... MESSI played 8 Matches (720 minutes) and scored 4 goals
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Babewami Sep 07, 2017 05:12 PM
Emotionally disturbed
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Makarina Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Makarina Sep 07, 2017 05:12 PM
The best in the world doesn't combine well with his teammates because he is a poor leader on the field and was made captain due to the star tag on his name.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Sep 07, 2017 05:08 PM
Is bcz they a expecting to much from him and they forget that futball is not a indivual sport is abt team work bt i dont blame them bt their problem is a lack of understanding futball
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jinks Joined: 22 Jul 2017
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jinks Sep 07, 2017 05:07 PM
Argentina shud not blame Messi. This GOAT knew that he has failed and reasonably retired from the national duty.Then wat did they do?They pleaded for him to come back.This Argentina without Messi cud hv already qualified by now Or second on the qualifying table.Messi doesnt hv influence and leadership qualities like the REAL KING from Portugal.KING Cr7.
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alizebucs1986 Sep 07, 2017 04:51 PM
Dybala,Higuain,Mascherano,Di Maria and Kun Aguero iyo with those Players around king CR7 bottom of the table Venezuela could have benn Demolished 8-0 with the King Scoring at least 5
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alizebucs1986 Sep 07, 2017 04:46 PM
Kikikikiki he did not explode

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