Argentine Media Blame Messi Once Again
Argentine Media Blame Lionel Messi Once Again
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.
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.
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.
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