The former England boss believes the Argentinean superstar is not to blame, because the quality of the squad is not good.
The Argentina national team was defeated 2-0 by Colombia in the first Group B match of the 2019 Copa America in Brazil.
And many fans have pointed at Lionel Messi for not delivering the same quality football as he does for Barcelona.
Which is why former Real Madrid and England boss, Fabio Capello, believes this Argentina team is not as strong as those in the past.
“People talk about both, but Armando Maradona’s Argentina was stronger and had more quality than Messi’s,” Capello was quoted by Goal.
“He’s had good players in front of him, but in midfield and behind he has missed a defense. That’s the important problem.”
“Messi is extraordinary, he lives thinking about playing and not about business, like for example Neymar does,” he added.
Atletico Madrid manager, Argentinean Diego Simeon, has come out to defend the superstar: “Messi can find a solution in a game at any time but he needs a team.”
“The players who are with Messi have to understand the potential they have, which is huge and it’s in the personality of each player.”
“[Messi] needs each one of those who make up the team to feel secure and confident when they are around him,” he added.
“I have no doubt about Messi’s class and stature, and he is going to adapt to any situation because he wants to win.”
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