Brand 'Messi' unblemished by poor World Cup

Brand 'Messi' unblemished by poor World Cup

Cesc Fabregas is downplaying the play of Cristiano Ronaldo during World Cup play and also contends that the struggles of Argentina don't exclusively fall on Lionel Messi's shoulders.

In an audio recording published by Spanish media outlets, the former Argentina global said the current squad lacked leadership on and off the field following Thursday's 3-0 rout by Croatia in Group D.

Ronaldo followed up his hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain by netting the only goal in his side's 1-0 victory over Morocco earlier this week, leading to talk that the 33-year-old has finally overtaken Lionel Messi as the world's greatest footballer.

Messi has come under fire in Russian Federation, where Argentina are in danger of making a group-stage exit after drawing with Iceland and losing 3-0 to Croatia.

In the post-match press conference, none other than Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said that the failings of Messi at the worldwide level have more to do with what Argentina puts around Messi than Messi himself. "He's no Ronaldo in that regard".

Discussing Argentina's exit, Simeone said: (via the Mirror) "Messi is very good but he is very good because he is accompanied by extraordinary players". It needs to Wake up.

"No matter who plays tomorrow will have the obligation to give until the last bead of sweat so that Argentina will go through". But we saw during Champions League that when the match is not in their favor, it can dissolve on the field. He's not running, he's walking. He's not concerned about the ball.

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A dejected Leo Messi after Argentina suffered a devastating loss against Croatia in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

"The whole team's body language was so poor, no confidence, no trust between each other. I see a team that is lost".

But Chelsea midfielder Fàbregas believes we shouldn't read too much into Ronaldo's four goals at this tournament due to the nature of how they were scored.

"And the manager, Jorge Sampaoli, has made so many mistakes since the start of the tournament, in choosing his team, making substitutions, everything".

The players of the Argentine team showed that they have no confidence and trust in each other.

"He is the coach of the Argentina team and what he chose to do is play his friend and this is the result of putting your friends".

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