Imagine what Messi is thinking…
Copa America Juan Castro’s opinion on Argentina
Imagine what Lionel Messi must be thinking, aware that he is the best in the world and at the same having to live through difficult moments with his national team. It’s one of the worst Argentina sides of the past decades, since 1970. Messi, though, is the solution and not the problem.
Against Paraguay, the forward experienced his country’s latest setback as their footballing crisis continued. The essence of Argentine football seems to have been lost and there is a coach without club football experience. This is a team where Messi has had nine coaches during his 14 years as a player.
In these circumstances, the 1-1 scoreline was a gift that came from Franco Armani‘s penalty save and the non-dismissal of the goalkeeper in the first half. Messi passed through the mixed zone afterwards to speak to journalists and spoke with patience.
His 68th goal in 132 international matches means they can try to save themselves against Qatar in the final round, when they’ll also have to keep an eye on Colombia vs Paraguay. This hurts the pride of the average Argentine.
Messi spoke with calmness in front of the press, but seemed a little resigned. He knows that all this group can do is fight on for national pride. Imagine what he must be thinking…