Lionel Messi is a ‘world beater’ at a domestic level – but internationally, not so much. The Argentinian may well have won near enough everything during his record breaking period at Barcelona, but the weight burdened on his shoulders for his national side has proved too heavy to bear time and time again.
Whilst it might be a stretch to describe Messi as a disappointment for Argentina, the Barcelona star has failed to truly come to prominence: he has scored a substantial 50 goals in 107 appearances for the national team, but hasn’t been able to deliver any silverware.
After two painful losses in Copa America finals and a crushing extra-time defeat in the 2014 World Cup final, the superstar is racking up quite the collection of runner’s-up medals.
Messi and his Argentine teammates have come under serious scrutiny from the Argentinian media, but the current Ballon d’Or holder has insisted that he’s over that the medias campaign to ‘destroy’ him and is ready to dispel the Argentinian heartache.
When questioned about whether it bothered him that he had made the World Cup final and not won the competition, he replied:
“Well, that always happens. I am used to it. But yes, we made it to the final. It isn’t like we only made it to the second round, we made it to the final and that is not easy.
“I have said this in other interviews: It is not easy. We were very close and we lost to Germany, a great national team with great players and they just got past us.
“Just like the Copa America, the loss came down to the details, we lost in penalty kicks. But to say that the media wanted to destroy me, I’m over that.”
Messi’s faithful and borderline fanatical supporters will be desperate to see him lift a major honour for his country before he retires. With Argentina amongst the favourites for this year’s Copa America, despite the superstar’s frustrations, there’s still a good chance of that happening.