The last chance for Lionel Messi to add a great title to an impressive collection of personal achievements and personal awards at the club level came as Argentina came out of the World Cup with a 4-3 loss to France on Saturday.
In the same week that he finished 31 years, Messi’s performance was mostly dull during the loss to France in Kazan in the last 16 of the tournament.
It’s the fourth World Cup for Messi, who secured his place in the second round with a superb goal against Nigeria in the last group stage. With this goal, Leo became the first player to score at the World Cup in all phases of the Sunni young boy in his twenties and thirties.
But this goal was the only good for the player considered by many the greatest in history.
Messi took a long pass with great skill on his thigh and controlled the ball before falling on the ground and put its right foot in the net actively represents another example of the goals that adorn the march of the big stars.
It may be the last positive image of Messi in the Argentina shirt, because he is unlikely to play for his country again, having already retired internationally after a penalty kick in the Copa America Cup final against Chile two years ago.
Despite his participation in 128 international appearances, the representation of his country has been an ever-increasing misery and suffering for him, in contrast to the joy he feels when playing for Barcelona.
Even with the end of another special season with Barcelona, there was no confirmation of Messi’s ability to repeat his performance with the Catalan team with Argentina, where he did not leave his mark in Russia.
Messi’s trip to Argentina includes the final four times in eight major tournaments, but he has never won any of them.
Messi lost three times to the Copa America and was Argentina’s captain in the last World Cup final in Brazil when they lost 1-0 to Germany in Rio de Janeiro.
The debate over whether Messi or his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the history of the game will be affected by the failure of Barcelona’s top scorer, especially since Ronaldo won the European Championship with Portugal two years ago in France.
Even the debate about being the best Argentine player in history could be influenced by Diego Maradona’s country when he led the team alone to win the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
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