Argentina have crashed out of the World Cup in the 2nd round.
The Argentines lost out to France 4-3 in what some have called ‘the best game of the tournament’.
Wonder-boy Lionel Messi failed to bag a goal in the seven-goal thriller, making this his fourth World Cup failure.
Despite putting two against Lloris, the national side – cheered on by Maradona in the stands – struggled to match the excellent performance put in by the French.
It begs the question as to what Messi’s international plans will be in the coming years.
In November last year, he told FIFA.com:
We’ll be in good shape when we get there because we’re still growing. We had to go through something that we didn’t expect or deserve, because we had earlier matches against Venezuela and Peru that we could have won easily.
If we had, then we wouldn’t have had to go through what we did at the end. We’ve had four competitive matches with a new coach, but the national team’s going to change now that the Ecuador game’s behind us.
It’s going to grow and it’s going to get rid of all the tension and fear it felt because of that match and because of the risk of not achieving our objective. The national team’s going to change a lot.
On the wounds of the 2014 final:
I don’t know if they’re ever going to heal. We’re just going to have to live with it. It’s going to be there forever. The World Cup is a very happy memory and a bitter one too because of how it ended, how it all worked out. But it’s always going to be there.
— Josh Teal (@tealioni) June 30, 2018
— James Rock (@rockyj88) June 30, 2018
What a treat for Messi to see such greatness up close.
— Stephen Howson ?? (@MrStephenHowson) June 30, 2018
— Anupama Gopinathan (@anupamag99) June 30, 2018
It was very important [beating Ecuador in the qualifying match] because missing out on the World Cup would have been a huge blow, firstly for the squad as a whole and then for me on a personal level.
I don’t know how I would have taken it. The same goes for the people of Argentina. Failing to make Russia would have been an all-time low for the country.
A disappointing show from the lads. I suppose they’ll have to use that hand of God merely to whip out their passports and get their plane back home this year.
Maybe next time, hey?
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