Lionel Messi, the Argentina captain, defended Gonzalo Higuain as he spoke about his importance for the team and that he fully deserves to be part of the team for the upcoming World Cup.
Gonzalo Higuain was criticized multiple times for being unable to perform properly in the major international tournaments – and he was blamed as the biggest reason of Argentina not winning the last World Cup final against Germany. But Lionel Messi, his side’s captain, insisted that there is no reason why to blame Higuain for that and he deserves to be given another chance to prove himself.
The Barcelona star spoke about Higuain making the final cut as he said, according to Goal: “Pipa has suffered a lot from criticism and we have talked about it a lot of times. But I think that this time away from the national team has done him good, now he is seeing things in a different light. He has to be [in the team] because he is vital, he is one of the best forwards in the world and he always shows it.”
Messi also showed his support towards his national team’s coach, Jorge Sampaoli: “Argentina is a big step up. At Chile, [Sampaoli] was not obliged to win every game, here he is. Jorge was judged even before he came to Argentina, a lot of people had written him off before he started working. He has told me on many occasions I am the best player in history.”
In the end, the Argentina international also spoke about his possible comeback to his childhood club, Newell’s: “I have said many times that my dream is to play for Newell’s but I don’t know what will happen; part of that doubt is because of the situation in my country. I have a family and my children come first. I want them to grow up in peace, enjoying a safe life. It is horrible to see the things happening in Argentina, to go out on the street and be killed in an attempted robbery.”