Lionel Messi criticised again by Argentine media

World Cup 2018 By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 08/09/2017

Lionel Messi criticised again by Argentine media

Argentine forward Lionel Messi has been criticised again for Albiceleste’s latest struggle in their bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by the country’s media.

Argentina was unable to beat Venezuela to claim the necessary points on Wednesday.

Argentina has drawn two games in a row in the World qualifying series after they were held 0-0 by Uruguay and following the 1-1 draw against Venezuela which has seriously put their World Cup qualification in doubt.

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Following the game against Venezuela, Messi has received some criticism from Argentina media

"The best can't be just another player," Diego Macias wrote in Argentine publication Ole, as quoted by AS.

"The lack of partners who speak something of his language doesn't exempt him from responsibility.

"Leo played an acceptable first half. He started promisingly, with a number of those touches that make you think he's going to explode. That today's his day, one of those nights that will finish with everyone adoring him.

"But he didn't explode. 

"If during the footballing dialogue the main actor turns off, then the Argentinean side ends up with a second half that will go down in history as one of the worst in years. The best can't be just another player."

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Messi retired temporarily from international football after his side lost the 2016 Copa America final on penalties, during which he missed a spot-kick – it was the fourth major final defeat in his Argentina career.

One of the reasons Messi’s earlier retirement was constant criticism he receives from Argentina and media.

However, his return to international duty could not prevent a dip in form that has seen Argentina win just two of their past nine 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.