The 2018 World Cup in Russia is probably Messi's last Image: Twitter
Die-hard fans expect Lionel Messi to come up with miracles everyday. They want him to score in every Barcelona game, and win as many Ballon d'Or awards and La Liga and Champions League titles.
But wait, they also want him to win the World Cup for Argentina. And the Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli thinks this expectation is like a revolver to his head.
Talking about coaching Messi, Sampaoli said, “Messi has a revolver put to his head called the World Cup and if he doesn’t win it, he’s shot and killed. As a result, he can’t enjoy his talent. What I find is that the negativity surrounding international football damages Messi. At this moment, I feel that I’m coaching the best player in history. This is a guy who has stayed as the best in the world for 10 years. It’s difficult to assume a level of control when your leader knows he’s better than you, he executes things like nobody else.”
Jorge Sampaoli thinks there’s too much pressure on Lionel Messi to win the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/XLC9c1lJ88— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 25, 2018
Messi has enjoyed incredible success at the club level, but has come a cropper while representing Argentina. Recently, in an international friendly encounter, Argentina beat Italy 2-0, that too without Messi. Argentina next face Spain on Wednesday.
There are barely three months left for the World Cup to kick off in Russia. Messi is obviously ready to deliver for the Albiceleste, but please remember that weighing him down with expectations isn't really a good idea.