Being Lionel Messi: The loneliest job in world football? | Football News

He stepped up and scored his first goal at FIFA 2022 in an almost nonchalant manner, becoming the first Argentine player to score in four World Cups.
Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais really has no chance against Lionel Messi Once Argentina awarded a penalty only in the 7th minute of the game. He dived in the wrong direction – a quick and clever save right before the shot and Messi sent it in the opposite direction. Can’t blame the goalkeeper. He is staring at a player who is undoubtedly one of the best ever. Messi celebrates with his teammates – a big smile on his lips.
But then, the story changed dramatically – After the final whistle, Messi expressed sadness. Shoulders droop, familiar scowl on his face, the road back to the tunnel is slow and arduous. It was almost as if he could figure it out World Cup the trophy slips away – again. Argentina had to receive one of the biggest shock defeats in the history of the tournament. Played – 1, Lost – 1.


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Think of Lionel Messi and you will think of two things – one of the greatest players of all time, and also a superstar who has yet to win the World Cup.
With Barcelona FC, Messi won it all. With Argentina, he also has a Copa America title. But the greatest of them all continued to elude him. And it’s a lonely place to be in itself.
Every comparison between him to his illustrious predecessor and compatriot Diego Armando Maradona ends with the same statement – ‘Maradona won the World Cup, Messi didn’t’.
The World Cup taking place in Qatar is still in its infancy but there are already so many talking points and controversies that make it difficult to keep track of it all. And one of the biggest talking points is once again – Will Messi finally get his hands on the World Cup trophy in what will almost certainly be his last on the world stage? If he does, it will also put him above another man of this generation who will comfortably find a place among the greatest players of all time – Cristiano ronaldo.


Portugal have never won the World Cup and in fact, at least for a while, they won’t. Not too many people expect Ronaldo to bring Portugal to the championship. Things are very different from Lionel Messi.
Can Messi win the World Cup? If you get a feeling of deja vu when you hear this frequently asked question, don’t blame yourself. That is a question that has been asked since his first appearance at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
There are probably two different reasons for this – 1. Messi is arguably one of the best players of all time, but without the World Cup medal his legacy would be incomplete. . Imagine if Maradona hadn’t led Argentina to the championship in 1986. How different would his legacy be? There was a very heartbreaking feeling when Argentina fell 0-1 at the last hurdle in the 1990 final against West Germany. Andreas Brehme not only led West Germany to the World Cup with a goal in the final, but he effectively ensured that Maradona would have only one World Cup title on his résumé. And that ties into the second reason – 2. It’s been so long since Albiceleste last won the World Cup – 36 years to be exact.
But is it fair to expect one man to shoulder the expectations of an entire nation? Well, that may not be fair, but it has happened so many times before in the sports arena – ask Sachin Tendulkar. And that’s when work becomes not only very difficult, but also very lonely. Teams change, coaches change, locations change, but the pressure of expectations only increases. Indian cricket fans know well how important the 2011 ODI World Cup trophy is to Sachin Tendulkar. The whole team wants to win the title for him. The same goes for the Argentine teams that have played the last few versions of the tournament. world football championship – they want to give it to Messi. But the wait continues.
The wait was almost over in 2014 in Brazil, when Messi was just a short distance from the trophy. But blocking Argentina at the final hurdle was the Germans – And Albiceleste faltered, leading 1-0 after extra time. Messi has been awarded the Ballon d’Or, but it’s almost like a consolation prize. After all, the Ballon d’Or is not a World Cup title. The look on Messi’s face after that final was not much different from the look he wore after last Tuesday’s loss to Saudi Arabia. He was holding the Player of the Tournament award in his hand, but his face had a sad expression on it. He was not only sad but also lonely.


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After a forgettable trip to Russia last time, Messi is back on the world stage, once again as captain of the Argentina team to end a 36-year wait. Argentina entered this World Cup in good form. After winning a record equal to the 15th Copa America – the first major title in 28 years, Messi’s miracle brought the Blues and white sky Finalissima champions shirt earlier this year, with a 3-0 win over European champions Italy in the final.
There was a stir that Lionel Scaloni, the 44-year-old former Argentine full-back, had managed to bring the team together and make them a unity. They are on a high track with a 36-match unbeaten streak in 3 years.
And then it ended. What no one, perhaps not even the Saudis and their fans would expect is to see the two-time champion fail in the first game and that too. out ahead of the lowest ranked team in their group.
Let’s face it, the Saudis played phenomenal football, especially in the first half. Let’s not forget that Argentina’s only goal in that game came from a penalty, while both Saudi Arabia’s goals were beautiful goals. The keeper who conceded Messi on the penalty spot then made a number of superb saves to prevent the white and blue side from further infiltration to ensure the Saudis continued a slim lead. They deserved to win that game. Also let’s not forget that Argentina were three goals ahead due to offside in that match.
Amidst all this – give Messi a thought. This is a man who is always expected to lead Argentina to the title. But football is a team sport and Messi’s magic alone is not enough at the World Cup. We’ve seen that over a lot of versions now. And that’s what makes Maradona so special. He took Argentina to the championship in 1986 – playing every minute of all their games and scoring five goals and five assists in the process. He was of course rated as the winner of the Ballon d’Or for the tournament’s best player, although Gary Lineker overtook him for the top scorer award, with six goals. And then Maradona almost single-handedly led Argentina to the final in the next tournament in 1990 in Italy. But somehow, when things settle, a feat like that is like a mountain too high for Messi.
Messi’s own list of awards and honors is an excellent one. He has really won it all, except of course the World Cup. And at the age of 35, playing in the 5th World Cup, the little magician once again finds himself in a very lonely corner.
In all four seasons before that, when Messi couldn’t get his hands on the trophy, he could go back to the comfort of the club that gave him everything and made him the superstar he is now – Barcelona. This time, that comforting hug also disappeared.
Of course, the World Cup campaign in Qatar is far from over for Argentina and they could influence a dramatic change in fortunes, but Messi knows that if things don’t go well this time, it could be. no next time.
Argentina’s next opponent is Mexico, who is suffering from an injury on Sunday (November 27). The Mexicans are also having a disappointing start – a 0-0 draw against Poland. The score would most likely have been 1-0 for the Poles, but because of a brilliant save by Guillermo Ochoa.
No team can make mistakes. However, the stakes are a lot higher for Argentina and Messi.
1978 – Daniel Passarella, 1986 – Diego Maradona, 2022 – ?
Can Lionel Messi put his name on that list or will he continue to stay in a very lonely corner?


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