Where was God of Football? Where was his magical left leg? Was he sleeping?
After Thursday’s match between Argentina and Croatia, many football lovers asked such questions.
What Sachin Tendulkar is to Indian’s ‘God of Cricket’, Lionel Messi is to Argentina, ‘God of Football’.
However, the Russia world cup looks to be the farewell event for LM-10, similar to what was for ST 10 in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. God of cricket won that cup, but will Messi achieve the same?
Ever since the first match against Iceland, he has been trolled in the social media. And again after Thursday’s match against Croatia, his critics had even more reasons to write him off.
After Thursday’s final whistle, Messi slopped down the tunnel in Nizhy Novgorod with his head bowed, knowing well that Argentina faces the humiliation of a Group-stage exit at the World Cup in Russia.
It is their one of the most humiliating performance till date. Not only that, he was almost invisible as he was restricted to just 20 touches throughout the 90 minute game. And Messi fans are also mournful to imagine that they are seeing LM 10 for the last time in Russia.
According to sources, Messi is just days short of his 31st birthday. But his posture is showing that this would be his last world cup as an International Player. He already hinted that this World Cup could be his last world cup.
On the other side Argentine Coach George Sampaoli begged for forgiveness from the Argentina’s fans on Thursday after the 3-0 drubbing by Croatia, which left Lionel Messi’s World Cup dreams hanging by a thread.
Sampaoli said, “First and foremost, I would beg for their forgiveness, especially those who came the distances to see Argentina.”
He added that I am responsible for this result, but I too was as dreamy eyed as the fans.
Though Nigeria’s win against Iceland keeps the door open for Argentina but they will have to win on Monday against Super Eagles Nigeria. The fate of Messi and Co is now hanging on the result of Argentina-Nigeria match, which will be played on Monday evening.