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No benefits from Lionel Messi return to Argentina's national team

Photo: Catherine Ivill (Getty) After more than eight months away from the national team, during which time it was not clear if he would play for his country ever again after another World Cup disappointment, Lionel Messi was officially back in the Argentina team. And it can't be good for anyone. Here is the list leader Lionel Scaloni has chosen to play a few friendly matches against Venezuela and Morocco later this month: 19659003] Your first impulse when You come across this troop list is enough to first scan over to the forward section and see the presence of Messi. But try not to let Messi's name distract the whole. What do you notice more about the group? You should see almost immediately how diligently mediocre the names that accompany Messi's are. Of the 31 Argentines were invited to play for the national team, only six of them (Messi, Paulo Dybala, Ángel Correa, Leandro Paredes, Ángel Di María, and Nicolás Otamendi) play for Europe's true elite clubs. Of the six, only two of them (Messi and Dybala) are surefire starters for these clubs; no one has found a way to play both at the same time on the national team. The two are also the only legitimate world-class players in the team. Seventeen of the 31 do not play for clubs in Europe's big five leagues, and 14 of them do not play at all in Europe. Only nine members of the roster announced today made it to Russia for…

Photo: Catherine Ivill (Getty)

After more than eight months away from the national team, during which time it was not clear if he would play for his country ever again after another World Cup disappointment, Lionel Messi was officially back in the Argentina team. And it can’t be good for anyone.

Here is the list leader Lionel Scaloni has chosen to play a few friendly matches against Venezuela and Morocco later this month:

19659003] Your first impulse when You come across this troop list is enough to first scan over to the forward section and see the presence of Messi. But try not to let Messi’s name distract the whole. What do you notice more about the group? You should see almost immediately how diligently mediocre the names that accompany Messi’s are.

Of the 31 Argentines were invited to play for the national team, only six of them (Messi, Paulo Dybala, Ángel Correa, Leandro Paredes, Ángel Di María, and Nicolás Otamendi) play for Europe’s true elite clubs. Of the six, only two of them (Messi and Dybala) are surefire starters for these clubs; no one has found a way to play both at the same time on the national team. The two are also the only legitimate world-class players in the team.

Seventeen of the 31 do not play for clubs in Europe’s big five leagues, and 14 of them do not play at all in Europe. Only nine members of the roster announced today made it to Russia for last year’s World Cup. In summary, Argentina’s goalkeepers in Latin America, their defenders are, besides Otamendi, almost complete unknown, their central midfield is extremely weak and their forward direction – the area of ​​tones Argentina is historically unmatched – is wildly worse to them Argies are accustomed to running out with. As has been the case for a few years, this team is Messi and a lot of spare parts.

And yet since Messi is a Messi player who much of the Argentine public holds in astonishingly inconsistent regard and denies their individual grandeur as shown at club level because he never won anything with Argentina while demanding him a world cup trophy every four years completely simply because of his individual presence alone – this mediocre and uncontrolled Argentina team is expected to win. Messi returning to this friendly round almost certainly means that, with the exception of injuries, he will play in the Copa América of Brazil this summer. Again, Messi will take the stand in a major international tournament along with teammates nowhere near his own ability and once again he is expected to pull that team to victory beyond a deep field that will contain teams with much higher team width and cohesion, they freed from the crushing expectations who so clearly have weighed Argentina over the years. Something other than lifting the trophy at the end will be seen as another huge disappointment.

This toxic environment serves no one. Argentina’s football is at its lowest point for generations. The country simply does not produce the kind of talent that made it a power plant. The new generation of players now starting to take power in the national team lacks talent, depth and elite potential, so so few of them play for Europe’s best. There are talented players among this generation and there are opportunities for some of them to develop into really good players, but because of their youth and inexperience and because of the country’s need to go back and re-examine their culture and development system, this the young national team should be given the freedom to grow, to do and learn by mistake and to play without the intense pressure to win the Argentine public usually puts the team under. Messi presence means that it will not happen.

Messi does not benefit so much from returning to the national team. Even with him in the lineup, Argentina should not be considered favorites to win the upcoming Copa América. They should not have been favorites to win any of the tournaments Messi’s unfairly damaged generation cohorts played in either, but at least then Barcelona could count on the help of a cadre of combat-hardened veterans who were legitimately exceptional players in their own right. The new gang Messi will take to Brazil this summer has no idea what they are looking for. They will represent a country that expects them to lose, but demand that they win, and will mislead them if they fail, no matter how admirably it fails. So in the probable case that Argentina leaves Brazil with something other than the trophy, Messi is set to once again face the heart and blame and responsibility that has plagued his entire career playing for the country he loves.

It seems hardly worth it, but here Messi is back with the team. By returning to the Argentina position, Messi has shown how desperate he is to win anything that would last him for his countrymen ‘s affection. And yet his return at this time, when the Argentina team that surrounds him, is the worst ever ever since he carries Albiceleste just makes it more likely that he will incur even more anger from his unpleasant and exorbitant compatriots.

It is hard to imagine Messi who won the love he followed by actually winning a big tournament. Argentina will not be favorites on either summer’s Copa or next summer after that, and it would probably take a World Cup trophy for him to fully win Argentina’s heart regardless. Perhaps the best hope he has been thinking of by his fellow citizens of Argentina as the driven, talented great player, he clearly wants to see as stubbornly refusing to give up, keeping himself disappointed by disappointment and continuing to return for more in the sentenced search for redemption. It would be a shame of love, and would be much less than he deserves, but it can only be the best he can get realistically.

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