Lionel Messi’s underperformance at international level was once again put into limelight as Argentina was knocked out of the 2019 Copa America semifinals against hosts Brazil.
The Selecaos opened the scoring on the 19th minute through Gabriel Jesus after a wonderful pass from Roberto Firminho.The Liverpool forward doubled the lead in the 71st minute, this time getting an assist from Gabriel Jesus.Brazil will now meet the winner between Chile and Peru in the finals.
Voted 5 times as the best player in the world, Lionel Messi has often though been criticized for his poor perfomances at international level with Argentina.He has failed to win any major international trophy with the National team over the past years.
These are his past records with the Argentine team:
Argentina have not won a major senior title since the 1993 Copa America and Messi’s main international successes are gold at the 2008 Olympics and victory in the 2005 under 19s.
2006 World Cup (quarter-finals)
Messi was the youngest scorer, netting in the 6-0 defeat of Serbia and Montenegro, but did not play in the quarter-final penalty shoot-out loss to hosts Germany.
2007 Copa America (runners-up)
Argentina reached the final in Venezuela, but were beaten 3-0 by Brazil, with Messi’s youth making him exempt from the criticism aimed at some of his team-mates.
2010 World Cup (quarter-finals)
A 4-0 last-eight loss to Germany ended Argentina’s participation in the tournament in South Africa, where they were coached by Diego Maradona, but Messi was acknowledged as one of the competition’s best players.
2011 Copa America (quarter-finals)
Hosts Argentina lost 5-4 on penalties in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Uruguay. Messi converted his spot-kick after a 1-1 draw.
2014 World Cup (runners-up)
Messi was named player of the tournament, controversially in some people’s eyes, as Germany proved too good for Argentina once again, winning with Mario Gotze’s extra-time strike.
2015 Copa America (runners-up)
Argentina edged past Colombia on penalties, before the final with hosts Chile was decided on spot-kicks. Messi was the only Argentinian to score.
2016 Copa America (runners-up)
For the second successive year, Chile won the final with a penalty shoot-out victory over Argentina in the centenary tournament in the United States. This time, Messi missed his spot-kick and then quit.
This years exit presents yet another record to the list. Is it time for Messi to completely quit Argentina?
Additional information (w.w.w.Eurosport. com)