Petit: Messi is not a leader like Ronaldo

Hope Soto
June 26, 2018

He has been working for RT, a Moscow based broadcaster, for the first week of the World Cup and seeing how he speaks about the game has shed light on his own football brain, how he perceives the game.

"If you have to choose between Messi and Ronaldo in a normal game, who would you choose?" said Simeone. I think Messi should wake up a bit more, because when things don't go well for him, he's always down on the pitch, he shows no reaction. But we saw during Champions League that when the match is not in their favor, it can dissolve on the field. So here (at Argentina), they expect he needs to score three goals every single game like he does for Barcelona.

"The goalkeeper.He had done it already, Germán!"

He is also just the second African player to register two goals in two World Cup matches since Cameroon's Roger Milla in 1990.

"He picked the wrong team and tactics too".

"Messi's brand won't be badly affected by that performance as his track record is otherwise consistently excellent", said Allyson Stewart-Allen, chief executive of International Marketing Partners in London, after Messi's second poor showing, in a 3-0 loss to Croatia, left Argentina facing an early exit.

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With his team already qualified, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is likely to rest several key players to avoid suspensions and fatigue. So it has to be down to the coach.

"I would love to hold a meeting with them, with (Nery) Pumpido, with (Sergio) Goycochea, with (Claudio) Caniggia, with (Pedro) Troglio, even with (Daniel) Passarella if he wants to come, and with (Jorge) Valdano", Maradona told Venezuelan TV channel Telesur. "We all say the players are the most important part of the game and the coach usually play it down when players mess it up, but the coach is also participating in this".

Oliseh, however, added that the 25-year-old was a very good player.

'We are starting a new era, we need to improve and consolidate an idea and that takes time, ' Sampaoli said after his appointment.

Despite the result against Croatia, Simeone still believes that his country will make it to the last 16 of the tournament.

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