The Uruguay manager insisted that the Barcelona star needs help from his team-mates if they want a spot in the 2018 World Cup
Oscar Tabarez is certain that a possible failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia will not harm the image of Messi’s career as the five-time Ballon d’Or player cannot do it all alone for his country.
Argentina were runners-up at the 2014 World Cup, but they are now in real danger of missing out on the showpiece tournament next year.
A disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Peru left Argentina sixth in the CONMEBOL standings and away from the qualifying spot with only one game left against Ecuador on Tuesday. Lionel Messi did all he could against Peru as he hit the crossbar and created a number of great chances for his team-mates. However, Tabarez said that the Catalan needs support if his country is to qualify for the World Cup.
“I don’t see it as a stain and it shouldn’t be like that,” Tabarez said when asked if missing out on the World Cup would be a stain on Messi’s career, according to Goal.
“There are a lot of great players in football’s history that weren’t world champions and they’re not stained by that, at least for me.
“Besides that, Messi is still playing, you can’t tell what will happen.
“Argentina are having problems to qualify but if they do, they’ll be favourites to win the World Cup.
“He’s a huge player but he can’t do it all, this is a team sport.”