Roberto Carlos sympathises with the unlucky Lionel Messi’s struggles to replicate his Barcelona success for Argentina.
Regarded by many as the planet’s greatest footballer, Messi has enjoyed a record-breaking career at Barcelona and
The forward has scored 603 goals in 687 appearances in a Barcelona jersey. 33 trophies have also come his way at Camp Nou, with 10 of them being La Liga titles along with four Champions League crowns.
But Messi has continually come up short on the international stage for Argentina down the years. Aside from losing the 2014 World Cup final, he’s also suffered three Copa America final defeats.
However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner can make it right this summer by leading Argentina to Copa America glory in Brazil.
“Messi is a great player. I’m sorry that he doesn’t have the same luck with the national team that he has with Barcelona,” Carlos told Goal.
“He is a player who we, as former players and the current stars, have a great deal of admiration and affection for.”
Meanwhile, the two-time Copa America winner also lamented the loss of his fellow Brazilian and Messi’s old Barcelona team-mate Neymar for the tournament.
The Paris Saint-Germain star is out with an ankle injury, which he sustained in a 2-0 friendly win over Qatar on June 6. Therefore, Neymar’s sole focus will now lie in clearing his name over a rape allegation made by Brazilian model Najila Trindade.
“We have lost Neymar because of injury,” said Carlos.
“At least now the atmosphere of the Brazilian national team has calmed down a bit, there was not so much talk about football, there was more talk about the off-field problem.”
The Real Madrid legend added: “I hope Brazil will win [Copa America] again.
“It’s difficult to play a Copa America in my country because the press and the fans demand a lot and we have to be very strong psychologically to withstand and put up with the pressure. On the pitch, Brazil have to play to win.”
Brazil’s Group A opener against Bolivia will take place in Sao Paulo, with kick-off set for 02:30 AM (CET). M
Meanwhile, Messi and Argentina will take on Columbia on Sunday for their Group B opening match.