Messi is getting the feeling that his countrymen believe 2nd place is the first losers and don’t care how well their national team is doing unless it involves bringing a major tournament cup home, something they haven’t haven’t done since 1993.
FourFourTwo quotes him as saying:
“We were lucky enough to get to the final of the World Cup and the Copa America and it seems like we didn’t do anything.
“We got to two finals, for f***’s sake. We didn’t win, what can you do, but we got to the final, we didn’t lose in the last 16.”
Messi is annoyed. Poor guy. He does have a point though, if football fans in Argentina want more effort and Messi is feeling the “weight of the shirt”. It’s hard to put in more effort when you’re already putting in the amount of effort that gets you to two major tournament finals.
For those of us Argentina supporters that appreciate the national team and are familiar with some of the team’s deficiencies (mostly on defense, Argentina has more offensive players than they know what to do with) are begrudgingly happy with the work the team has done.
In the case of the World Cup, Germany is a great team, an entire team of great players. Argentina played an intensely defensively oriented game, they almost made up for that so-so defense by working hard and they did lose in overtime overall the team played well, just without that elusive cup.
The truth is they have come in as the losers over and over during the course of Messi’s national career, the haters won’t go away even if they win a World Cup, they’ll say that Messi only won a single cup. My advice to Messi is to keep playing, keep being the flea, and don’t get discouraged, fans are fans look on the other side of the coin be thankful that you get to play in front of such a passionate base, people will go crazy when the time comes.
Your cups will come.