Lionel Messi, the World Cup and the Argentine Agony

Lionel Messi, the World Cup and the Argentine Agony
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Mohammad Tazeem

With such a great and talented side, why is Argentina not delivering at the biggest stage(s) of them all, the World Cup?
Argentina has got the likes of Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Augero and, of course, the greatest footballer of all time, Lionel Messi!
But, not everyone usually performs or plays like they except Messi.
These players disappear upon wearing the Argentine football jersey.
The reason for this is everyone expects a lot from Leo. When players fail to dribble or pass through the opposition defences they pass the ball to Messi and stand still like some kind of statues and expect Messi to score or put the ball on the plate for them so that they can tap the it in and score. Messi manages to do it sometimes and the fans start daydreaming about the World Cup coming to the South American nation but when he fails to do so, people taunt him, destroy his statues and the Twitter gets wild, especially Ronaldo fans (they start acting so childish as if Messi is not human)
Let’s just accept the fact that football is a team sport and just a single man will not make you win all the games and trophies on his own. This just will not happen. In football, everyone has to give his all and everything. The goalkeeper must be the first attacker and the striker must be the first defender. Football is meant to be played with all your heart and soul, the feet are just the tools and Messi does that.
Unlike most of the players, he does not play a selfish game; he passes the ball so very often after dribbling past the entire team and sometimes even the goalkeeper.
Whether you like it or not, if you know a word about football you will know that Lionel Messi is the best dribbler in the world. Messi has won every possible thing that a footballer can possibly ever win. There is just one thing that is missing from his trophy cabinet- The Fifa World Cup. Winning the cherished championship would be the icing on the cake of Messi’s splendid and illustrious footballing career.
It is not just the players but the people of Argentina and the rest of the world also expect a bit too much from Messi ,they expect him to score, assist, dribble, pass, cross, clear, defend, tackle, run, push, save, cook, feed and even babysit!
He cannot do all the things on him own. The team has to help him.
The goalkeeper has to save, defenders have to defend, midfielders have to create and the attackers have to finish with Messi, of course, being at the centre of everything.
Argentina is on the verge of being eliminated from the group stages in Russia. The World Cup without the historic Argentine team and especially Messi is not a World Cup the world wants to see. Let’s just hope and pray that they get back on track and show their brilliance that we all have been waiting for.

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