Have you ever watched football (or soccer for you) outside the World Cups?He's always been a crybaby and missed a sitter that cost ARG the World Cup in 2014. Even San Diego after a week-long coke and prostitute could have scored that one.
Two thoughts:I'm actually a Barça supporter and am grateful for what he's done for all these years, but he's also been part of the problem. For one, without Xavi and A. Iñiesta he is not the same player. It's very telling that they still won 1 World Cup, and 2 Euro Cups without him, and Messi without them hasn't won anything significant internationally. He's had a lot of negative influence behind the scenes, like having a tantrum and basically forcing the sale of Zlatan, or the fact that a very out of his depth Tata Martino was brought on just to make him happy. He needs the right team, the right coach. Maradona could make a crap team into champions.
Which sitter did he miss in 2014? I remember Higuain but not Messi.
1) Messi could have actually easily played for Spain instead for Argentina (as he went there with 13 years of age). He would be considered as the greatest of all time without a doubt. He chose to play for a far weaker Argentinian team, and even brought them to a couple of finals. And if then Higuain scores it, whether Neuer’s attack is a penalty or not, it is a lot of luck as well.
2) Maradona was a great, no question (apart from Garrincha the only player to have won a World Cup in an otherwise average side). However, over the course of his career, he lacked the consistency of Messi. He was playing in an era where football was far less physical. To dominate a World Cup the way he did, it would be impossible today. And another thing: had Argentina lost the final to Germany, he would have been only half the player as he is seen nowadays. And as I said, there is always a bit luck involved in these knock out games.
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