Many people don’t believe that Lionel Messi can be considered the best footballer of all time if he doesn’t achieve greatness on the international stage.
Messi has dominated domestically, winning countless trophies with Barcelona and scoring an incredible amount of goals.
However, for his country Argentina, he hasn’t been quite so successful.
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The only success he has achieved on the international scene is the Olympic Gold Medal in 2008 - and has lost in finals of both the Copa America and the World Cup.
And Messi hasn’t been quite so prolific for his nation, either. 56 goals in 114 appearances for their country may be a decent return for many players but, for Messi, it represents a fairly underwhelming return.
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So, why is there such a difference in his displays for Barcelona and Argentina?
Well, a video has been doing the rounds on Twitter that goes some way to explain just that.
One thing it certainly can’t be blamed on is the lack of world-class talent for Argentina. With the likes of Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain alongside him for his country, it simply can’t be blamed on a lack of quality from his teammates.
However, maybe it can be blamed on a lack of movement from them, as the video below explains.
The clip shows the moment from Barcelona players whenever Messi has the ball, knowing that the forward will find them with his incredible passing ability. The likes of Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez are all seen making themselves available when he’s on the ball.
The video then focuses on Brazil’s match against Argentina. Messi is shown with the ball at his feet on numerous occasions but the lack of movement from his fellow Argentina players is startling.
With nobody to pass to, Messi is seen being dispossessed by a Brazilian player - making him look as though he’s having a poor match.
Take a look at the brilliant analysis below:
Messi and his Argentinian side are now in danger of not qualifying for the World Cup after the loss to Brazil left them seventh in the South African qualification table - with only the top five going through automatically.
After the defeat, Messi urged his teammates to improve if they want to qualify for the Russian World Cup in 2018.
"We did not expect this result," Messi told TyC Sports, per the Daily Mail.
"Up to the first goal, the match was even, we were doing well. It's difficult when you get into these dynamics, in this situation. The minimum is you get down and everything turns out to be more difficult.
"Within all the bad things and the s*** we are in, we still depend on ourselves.
"If we defeat Colombia, we get into the fight again - all the teams are near - but it's true we are aware and we know that this is not the way to do things. We have to change a lot to defeat Colombia."
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