Pablo Pasculli, an ’86 World Cup winner with Argentina, has said that the country’s current team depend too much on Lionel Messi.
The Albiceleste would have missed out of the 2018 World Cup, save for Messi’s magical brilliance, in which he scored a hatrick against Ecuador in the Copa America playoff.
More so, the Argentine team, without Messi were handed a 6-1 bashing by Spain in last Tuesday’s International friendly. The team also lost 4-2 to the Super Eagles of Nigeria last year without the mercurian player.
“Argentina today depend on Messi ten times more than we depended on Maradona in 1986,” Pasculli said.
The five-time Ballon d’or winner had been criticised in Argentina for not giving enough on the pitch as he does for Barcelona. He had captained Argentina to the final of the 2014 World Cup, in which they lost to Germany 1-0. The team also lost 4-2 to Chile in the Copa America final in 2016, with him being captain. He briefly quit the national team following criticism before returning back to the team.
The 30-year-old, who would still be burdened with ensuring Argentina make an appreciable impact at this year’s World Cup in Russia, has said the tournament could be his last chance to win the most coveted football’s ultimate price.