We look back at the performances that Lionel Messi had right after three of the four World Cup’s he’s ever played, we found a pattern in all of them.
World Cup heartbreak for Lionel Messi can be very hard, he usually shuts down for a few months and then comes back to keep playing for FC Barcelona right after the blow of losing the tournament that he desires the most. During his most recent interview with Catalunya Radio, Lionel even spoke about how his oldest son Thiago, know that after a loss that seems too painful for his daddy, nobody can be cheerful around the house or talk about it. It’s quite evident that losing this competition has become one of Leo Messi’s stigmas, something that has always been a constant in the Argentine stars international career. It’s hard to accept that a player of such magnitude, has never been able to win a major trophy for his national team but he has never really had the ideal squad that can take him all the way to lift the cup. Because we all know that at this level of performance, these types of competitions cannot be won by a single player, regardless of how great he is on the individual aspect. But we have found a pattern, one that has all Barcelona fans very excited and one that could bring back the best version of Leo Messi after a three-year break. We’ll study the star’s performances after a World Cup, you’ll be surprised at what he’s achieved.
After the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
This was Leo Messi’s first ever World Cup, he played mostly as a substitute for Jose Pekerman in that World Cup and even scored a goal. But during the most important match against Germany he remained on the bench despite being one of the squad’s most exciting talents, the elimination heartbreak brought out some of the best football we have ever seen from Lio. That season was the one in which Lio became famous around the world for scoring a perfect copy of the ‘Goal of the Century’ that Diego Maradona scored against England in the 1986 Mexico World Cup. Despite scoring over 600 goals throughout his career, that goal still remains as the best ever scored by Leo Messi and will stay as such.
After the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The South Africa World Cup was the one in which AFA paired Diego Maradona and Leo Messi as manager and pupil, this was arguably the biggest disappointment for the Barcelona player because he was already at the top of his game and was part of Pep Guardiola’s invincibles. Argentina got spanked by Germany 4-1 that summer, Messi’s best response to that was to take his club to another Champions League final the next year. Lionel scored a goal in the final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium and won the third Champions League of his career. It was clear that a pattern had formed, Lionel Messi losing a World Cup meant that we could expect him at his most unplayable with his club during the following season.
After the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
This wasn’t the most disappointing World Cup heartbreak, but it definitely was the most painful because of the way that Argentina lost the final in Brazil against the Germans. Messi had one of the biggest chances of the game to score the winning goal and he sent his effort just inches away from the post, the images of his face accepting the MVP for the tournament are still a sad poem to this day. The best way in which Messi could forget the biggest heartbreak of his international career, was to win a second treble with Barcelona and to show us that he was still the best player in the world. This time around, Messi left us some quite unforgettable performances against Bayern Munchen in the semifinal and another one against Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final. Now that Argentina has been eliminated once again, you know what to expect from Leo Messi this season.
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