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Messi's comeback doesn't seem to have inspired Argentina .

Lionel Messi uses one blunt word to sum up Argentina's situation

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It's easy to see why Lionel Messi is growing just a tad frustrated with Argentina.

The Barcelona star came out of retirement to help his country qualify for the World Cup, having initially quit following heartache in the Copa America final defeat to Chile.

Unfortunately, his comeback isn't going quite as he would have liked. While over in Portugal, his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo is still revelling in his success at Euro 2016, Messi is facing up to the reality that he may not even be going to the next World Cup at all.

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A 3-0 defeat to Brazil has left Argentina with an uphill struggle if they want to qualify. They're currently sixth in their group, and the way they were outclassed by their South American rivals has to be causing boss Edgardo Bauza concern.

Indeed, given Messi's tendency to throw his toys out of the pram when things aren't going his side's way - like, for example, quitting altogether because he missed a penalty against Chile - Bauza must be worried about his star man's commitment long-term.

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So, what does Messi himself say? It sounds like he's questioning his team-mates' mentality, but it seems he's willing to help them turn things around.

All the same, he's got just one word to sum up how things stand at the moment for the Albiceleste - "crappy".

"Our mind is being affected," he told reporters, per Eurosport.

"This team has very good players but when you don't have your mind in the right place your legs don't respond.

"But we have to think positively - change this crappy situation that we're all living through and try to come up with something to get over it, get stronger again.

"We know that criticism will come from every side now, as has happened over the last few games, but we have to make ourselves stronger and we will get out of this situation."

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La Liga
Football
Lionel Messi
Sergio Aguero
Barcelona
UEFA Champions League
Argentina Football

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