Lionel Messi is a footballing great who suffers the responsibility of an entire nation's expectations.
In this tough time following the Copa America loss, the legend's grandfather has spoken up to criticise his grandson.
Antonio Cuccitini has called his grandson 'lazy' and told Radio Casilda: "Some of him was there. Triumphs are the greatest things there are. But the last three games he was bad. He was lazy."
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While Messi has received other criticism for his performances during the tournament, it will be particularly hard to hear it from someone so close to him.
Messi's genius thrives on the relationships he shares with his teammates. At Barcelona, he receives more of the ball and is quickly thrust into dangerous positions by ridiculously accurate passes.
Messi criticism is harsh
Argentina was unable to get their front man into such positions, so it seemed as though Messi was simply not playing his role.
The skipper has led Argentina to two finals in the past two years and has played an essential role in both tournaments.
It seems odd that it is the world's best that is being targeted after such losses and not his teammates whom at times have simply under-performed.
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