Despite being one of the greatest players in the history of the game, Lionel Messi has endured a topsy-turvy career with the national side.
The Barcelona star may well have struck 56 goals in 115 appearances for Argentina, but he has so often been criticised for his failure to win a trophy for his country.
Messi and co. suffered yet more anguish on Thursday night, of course, as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil.
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Goals from Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho helped Brazil claim all three points in the 2018 World Cup qualifier.
With Argentina sitting in sixth position in the 10-team South American qualifying group, they face a tough battle to claim a place in the next World Cup.
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While Messi most definitely won't be feeling too good right now, he has received the backing of former teammate Dani Alves.
Alves, who departed Barcelona in favour of a move to Italian giants Juventus at the end of last season, took to Instagram to send Messi a message.
The full-back insisted that it was a pleasure to see Messi, naming him as "the best of all time".
Alves stated: “Always a pleasure to see you, friend. I always wish you the best, you’re the best of all time.”
Messi reacts to poor result
Unsurprisingly, Messi wasn't satisfied following his side's damaging performance against Brazil.
Speaking to Ole, Messi stated: "We need to change our mental approach. If one is not mentally well then the legs don't respond.
"We need to change this s---ty situation. We didn't expect this result. It could have even been worse. We weren't able to react.
"We must improve a lot. We can't repeat what we've been doing up to now because we will not come out of this situation. We still depend on ourselves but we cannot give away points, especially at home. We need a drastic change."
Of the match itself, he said: "We're upset with the result, with the game, and unfortunately, we've lost another.
"Up until their first goal, we felt we were both pretty even. Everything was fine. But after the second it hurt us a lot.
"The second goal finished us off. We were disorganised, we started to get desperate and there were large spaces that they got through with their speed.
"But that's it, we have to focus on facing Colombia and be aware that there are many things we need to change so that this situation changes."
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