Argentina always knew that Lionel Messi was a rare gem.
But 14 years after its debut on the international scene, Albikestes were still not able to achieve the best results. And the clock is ticking.
When it comes to the representation of his native country, Messi, which will soon turn 32, seems seized in the time loop.
Each tournament is a great expectation, every tournament ends with a mass disorder. He raised the World Cup to 20 years in 2007 and won gold at the Beijing Olympics in a year, but never mentioned the main international title.
“I have to get up and try again, no matter how many times I fall, it’s a good message for children, not only in football, but also in life, I want to retire, win something with Argentina,” Messi said. month.
With Copa America going to climb in Brazil, Captain Messi knows that this will be one of his most recent chances to win the main trophy with Argentina. Some of the worst moments in football have survived this elusive prize.
Messi is Argentina’s top scorer with 67 goals, and he is not far behind their players. He played 130 times, 17 fewer than now retired Javier Mascherano.
But eight of the main competitions in which he appeared for Argentina (four world championships, four cats of America) raised one important question: why can not he be the same player that Argentines use a week or a week watching the television in Barcelona?
There were always two Messi. On the one hand, the serial winner is Pep Guardiola in the wrong nine, who have succeeded in one of the best clubs in the world, playing with friends of Andrés Iniesta and Xavi, as he was a child at the youth academy Barca.
On the other hand, in the turbulent national team there is an outsider full of his, restless and uncomfortable presence, which has gone incredible 16 games for two years without having scored a goal between 2009 and 2011.
Each America Cape brought a crisis. Each World Cup has raised doubts about its future. Beating, criticizing, silent, underlined and stuck-only when the Argentineans thought they might have hacked Messi, he would return to Spain and immediately appear to be a wonderful healing.
Bark was his refuge, in which football doubts were lost, and his leadership again went unharmed. Every magic renaissance has added nothing but critics on the other side of the ocean. Why not here? What are we doing wrong? What do you need? With every Renaissance, more expectations came. The higher the hopes, the harder the critics. The cycle repeats again and again.
But now, finally, there was a refreshing turn in this story. Now the broken Messi comes from Barcelona.
The defeat of Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final second consecutive year meant a shocking, unlikely outcome of the competition. Then there was another loss in the final of the Coppa del Rey, to Valencia. Bark may have enjoyed La Liga comfortably, but expectations were higher, and recent rumors in the press criticized Messi and his best friend Luis Suarez as “non-positive” leaders inside the dressing room.