When you don’t turn up for your country the way you turn up for your club, you should expect the critics to line up at your door like you directed a bad movie.
Argentina failed to clinch another national trophy, the copa america, 12 months after losing out on the world cup, even with Messi on the team.
The Argentine has faced heavy criticism for not bringing his A-game when his country is involved and 1986 world cup winner, Diego Maradona feels the forward needs to improve for Argentina.
“We have the best player in the world and he scores four goals against Real Sociedad but comes here and doesn’t touch the ball,” he said in Ole.
“You ask yourself: ‘Are you Argentine or Swedish?’ Criticising him is easy.
“Don’t say any more that we have to pamper him. He should be treated just like any other player in the national team.
“[But] Messi hasn’t killed or raped anyone – let’s not make a big deal over this.”