Soccer-Messi seeks international title as Argentina fans ask: If not now, when?

(Reuters) – Brazil-Argentina video games constantly toss up concerns however one sticks out ahead of this Saturday’s Copa America last in Rio de Janeiro: Can Lionel Messi lastly win a global title?

The Barcelona gamer has actually won every honour possible at club and specific level and is extensively thought about to be the best gamer of the 21st century and a strong prospect, along with Pele and Diego Maradona, as the best of perpetuity.

However he has never ever raised any flatware with Argentina and the concern for the 34-year-old is: If not now, when?

“Messi has two chances left,” stated Tostao, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1970. “He has the Copa and the World Cup (in 2022) but the World Cup is difficult.”

There is no clear favourite for Saturday’s video game at the Maracana arena, although Brazil have a somewhat much better record over the last 4 weeks and they hold house benefit.

Messi, however, remains in scintillating kind and leads the competition in objectives and helps. Of Argentina’s 11 objectives, Messi has actually scored 4 and supplied 5 helps.

“We are seeing an improved version of Messi,” Antonio Mohamed, previous Argentina gamer and now coach of Monterrey, composed in Ole, an Argentine sports paper.

“Every time he touched the ball, three guys would be on top of him in the style of Maradona at his greatest.”

MESSI’S DREAM

Messi has actually spoken at length about the imagine winning a title with Argentina and his compatriots understand just how much a global prize suggests to him.

In the past, his group mates were blamed for letting him down, by missing out on possibilities in finals or stopping working to match his superhuman levels of luster or focus.

Now, however, he has Argentina’s finest group in years around him and there are less reasons.

They are not the Argentina of 1978 or 1986 however under coach Lionel Scaloni the side are unbeaten in 19 video games going back to the last Copa America in 2019.

The older heads, like Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, know that winning the World Cup is a not likely situation and Saturday’s last might be their last hurrah.

The knowledgeable gamers, and the children who have actually matured idolising the male who would become their group mate, understand they are playing not simply for Argentina however likewise for Messi and the possibility to reward him with the title his efficiencies are worthy of.

“We are all excited that Argentina can get the title, and that above all it is given to Leo,” stated Mohamed.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Modifying by Ken Ferris)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.