Video: Lionel Messi shows that even the best have off-days

But Argentina fans must curse that they usually occur for them

At one stage, Argentina were odds-on to end their 18-year silverware shortage by getting their hands on the Copa America trophy on home soil, but right now nothing is going to plan.

A 1-1 opening day draw with Bolivia has been followed by a goalless draw with Group A leaders Colombia, the consequence being that they head into their final game against Costa Rica with it all still to do.

And as if the results weren’t a big enough indication of how rotten things are for the Albiceleste right now, videos like the one above of Ballon d’Or holder Lionel Messi falling over trying to control a ball shows the scale of the crisis.

That wasn’t the best player in the world right now’s only faux pas either, as he also made a spectacular mess of a free-kick in a promising position…

The argument that the reason he fails to shine as much for Argentina is because his team-mates aren’t quite as special was however lended support by Ezequiel Lavezzi’s failure to make the most of this brilliant through ball…

Video credit: 101 Great Goals

9 responses so far
  • Garcia // July 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Wow now people are starting to realize that Messi is nothing with the Barca midfield to supply him endless accurate precise passes all game to score easily. Shouldn’t the best player be able to play on any team on any style of play. I know one player who has and done it amazingly but again he is the guy everyone hates so he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

  • TO // July 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Yup, Cristiano Ronaldo has done wonders for the Portuguese national team

  • Andres Felipe Aguilar // July 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Instead of playing bad, Messi, was outstanding blocked by Colombian midfield and Defense players!!!!!!

    Argentina’s most clear option (Lavezzi) was thanks to a Messi’s pass.

    Merits to Colombians!!!!!!!

  • charles Ediare // July 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    It just shows that a tree cannot make a forest. I am not really expecting Merci to be super with his national team. What we have in Barcelona is a piece of wonder, So please pardon Merci.

  • Garcia // July 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Ronaldo actually has though. Got the team to the finals of Euro 04 and 4th place at wc 06. In 08 and 10 lost to the Germans and Spanish so can’t blame him for loosing to a better team.

  • Richard // July 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Messi’s pass was fantastic, but lavezzi missed it, if that had went in, messi’s pass would surely have been a highlight of the tournament.

    The problem is, in Argentina there are not enough play makers, they have plenty of strikers, but no play makers, there is no one to provide the ball to messi inside the box.

    Argentina not only lacks creative midfielders but they also lack defensively.

    Still internationally, Messi is still more successful than C.Ronaldo, atleast Messi won the Olympic Gold medal, atleast he won something with his national team

    Messi is still young, even if the Copa America ends in disappointment, he will still have plenty of chances to win medals with Argentina.

    This is year’s player of the year is Lionel Messi, Messi will be three times consecutive world player of the year, three time consecutive top goal scorer in Championsleague, just loo k at his trophy cabinet at the age of 23, surely there is a illustrious career awaiting him.

  • Richard Mushimiye // July 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Messi proved himself that he is no where to be compared to Pele and maradona. A good player must be able to play any time any where. Olympic medal can not be compared to world cup or copa america.

  • Garcia // July 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Olympic gold medal is not recognized by fifa or any football governing body. Be quiet honest too because no one views an olympic gold medal as anything. The United kingdom never even put together a team to compete in it. Also European teams do poorly in the Olympics including Ronaldos portugal because they play in the Euro which is a week before the Olympics start. After playing 11 months for club then playing in the euro you expect Ronaldo to be fit to play in the olympics? He played in the athens olympics but was so fatigued after playing in the whole euro from start to the final he was called out and Portugal failed to go to the next round. If he somehow won the Olympic gold medal he would have done so with no break playing a consecutive 12 months straight. Messi had it easy because before the Olympics he had a whole months of rest. On the senior level of national teams Ronaldo has accomplished more than Messi.

  • nips // July 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    people have selective memory, maybe Argentina didnt go far in WC2010 but all goals were started at Messi´s boot, and as I reackoned football critics even admit that he’s far the most delightful player to watch at that tournament.. and moreover, Olimpic medal might be nothing for some people but how about FIFA U-21 WORLD CUP, at least Messi had those honours, how about the MAN who has done wonders in Portugal National team? Does he have any that proves his wonders in his National Team?

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