The former Argentina national team coach knows why the Barcelona superstar cannot perform at the same level as he does for his club.
Argentina national team footballer Lionel Messi has always been criticized by how different he performs for his country than for his club in the Spanish La Liga, Barcelona.
And former Albiceleste coach Jorge Sampaoli talked to The Mirror to explain why this happens to the Argentinean.
“I coached the best player in the world, I don’t [know] if he’s the best in history because he now has more than 600 goals in Europe, he’s broken all the records, but he arrives in his country and he’s criticized,” Sampaoli said.
“Beyond his ability, he’s a human being, Argentinians struggle to enjoy Messi as Barcelona fans enjoy him.”
“The boy suffers a lot, from what I’ve gone through, he suffers that reality a lot. He cannot show the world all that he is when plays for Argentina. (Argentine) society enjoys destroying things much more than it enjoys success,” he continued.
“We only have them for very little time to instill the values that we want and our playing philosophy.”
Lionel Messi has scored 65 goals in 129 matches for Argentina but has never won any major trophy for his country.
He and the Albiceleste reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final but lost 1-0 against Germany, and he also lost three consecutive Copa America Finals.
Meanwhile, he has won everything with Barcelona: nine Spanish La Liga trophies, six Copa del Rey, seven Supercopa de España, four UEFA Champions League, three UEFA Super Cup, and three FIFA Club World Cup.