Argentina are one of the most successful nations in world football, having won the biggest prize, the FIFA World Cup twice, in 1978 and 1986, among other achievements.
However, La Albiceleste have had some tough luck in the past few World Cups. The two-time winners almost bagged their third trophy in 2014, when they made it all the way to the final against defending champions Germany, but it wasn't to be as Mario Gotze struck in extra time, handing Die Mannschaft their fourth World Cup title.
Recently, Argentina saw their 2018 World Cup run come to an end in the round of 16 at the hands of a rampant France, in a seven-goal thriller last Saturday, sending Lionel Messi and company back home empty-handed yet again.
Following La Albiceleste's exit, star player and captain Messi received plenty of criticism, with some feeling that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner always seems to fail to deliver when it comes to representing his national team. The Argentine only managed one goal in this year's tournament, out of the four games he played.
Soccer Laduma international journalist Kurt Buckerfield took over the Editor’s Column in this week's edition of our newspaper, and penned his thoughts as to why Argentina's failure to make it further in the competition cannot be thrown back in Messi’s face. Here's a link to this Kurt's full piece: https://goo.gl/9jc1zM
Supporters Club member Ambzo seemingly concurs with Kurt's statements, and shared his own views in defence of Messi.
"Winning the World Cup requires team effort," he said
"In 2014, when Germany won the World Cup, it was a team effort, and none of those players were better than Messi and not even close. Pele and Diego Maradona were surrounded by good players.
"Without a doubt, Leo's contribution to the game is out of this world, with all the accolades he has achieved at his age (31). His conduct on and off the pitch is something truly commendable.
"Messi became a complete player at a very young age. It's only people who are clueless who would not appreciate this kind of a talent. While my dad talks about Pele and Maradona, I will be talking about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi."
Would you say Messi and Ronaldo should take the fall for their nations' early exits from the World Cup?