Lionel Messi Argentina World Cup history: A kryptonite called Germany
Lionel Messi Argentina World Cup is undoubtedly one of the best footballers of all time. At the World Cup in Russia, the five-time world footballer wants to finally prove to everyone that he can also celebrate international success. SPOX looks back on the World Cup history of the exceptional footballer.
The trophy collection of Lionel Messi is more than impressive: with the FC Barcelona, the Argentinian nine times Spanish champion, six Spanish Cup winner and four times Champions League winner – not to mention successes in Supercups and Fifa Club World Championships.
There are also five world footballer elections and three more European footballers of the year. Alone from 2009 to 2012, the striker was four times in a row world footballer. Rounding out this list of 16 cross-scoring top scorer titles, especially the 50-goal season in the Primera Division 2011/12 finds in chronicles to Messi’s footballing creation prominent mention.
At the last World Cup, Messi was as close to his dream of a world title as never before. However, in the end, it was the DFB team that kept La Pulga off the beaten track – and not for the first time.
Lionel Messi at the 2006 World Cup in Germany: the wonder child
In the days before Twitter, Facebook and Co., Lionel Messi was before 2006 only the designated experts outside Spain a term. The 1.70-meter-tall, slender 18-year-old was taken by the coach Jose Pekerman as a “wild card” to the World Cup and paid his coach back this confidence.
After Messi still sitting on the bench in the first group match of the Argentine, La Pulga chose to be the youngest Albiceleste World Cup player, when he came on as the substitute in the 74th minute against Serbia & Montenegro. It only took a few minutes for the youngster to make his first draft and then to score his first World Cup goal for the final 6-0.
These achievements rewarded Pekerman with a starting help in the last group match against the Netherlands. A weary 0: 0 handed the South Americans to move in as a group first in the second round against archenemy Mexico. Messi, now back from the bench, scored late in a contested game, the supposed winner, but was standing in the offside. Thanks to an absolute dream goal of Maxi Rodriguez, it was still in the quarterfinals.
There hosted Germany, which demanded everything from the Argentines and finally got the upper hand on penalties thanks to Lehmann’s legendary “cheat sheet”. On the other hand, prodigy Messi spent 120 minutes on the bench, for which Coach-Pekerman has torn apart in the local press.
Messi at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa: Too much pressure for a man
The tournament in South Africa was for Messi the first World Cup, in which all eyes were on the world star. He was trained by Diego Maradona in person, as his legitimate successor Messi is considered in Argentina. The time in which the “hand of God” as the coach of the Albiceleste swung the scepter was chaotic, but entertaining for the neutral observer.
One noticed the then 22-year-old Messi the pressure on, finally, the hopes of a whole nation were on his shoulders. The year before, playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme announced his retirement from the national team. With him, Messi harmonized well and was able to show strong performances at the 2008 Olympics. This time he had to play together with an aging Juan Sebastian Veron and a 20-year-old Gonzalo Higuain, who had to fight at the beginning of his career with his Tor finish.
In the first game against Nigeria but Messi did not hit the goal, although he fired four shots. The alto star Gabriel Heinze brought the Gauchos on the winning road. In the 4-1 win over South Korea, the Barca player then had his feet in all four matches in the game. He himself did not strike, but Higuain three times.
In the second round against Mexico, there were again other protagonists who drew attention to themselves. In the 3-1 win met Carlitos and once again Higuain. Messi remained scoreless – and that should remain so even after the quarter-finals when the Argentinians against Germany with 0: 4 under the wheels. Messi was powerless at the DFB Gala, deregistered and the pressure to lead a national team alone to the title, notwithstanding.
Messi at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: the curse of the knockout round
“You will see, Messi will bring the trophy to us, Maradona is much bigger than Pele”. The direction that the Argentine battleships set with their fanfare at the 2014 World Cup was clear. The whole of Argentina had a dream and Messi should finally fulfill it. Get the title – and that with arch-rivals Brazil.
First, Messi but had to defeat his World Cup turf defeat and he succeeded in the first game against Bosnia-Herzegovina, as the captain left the entire defense and Annette to 2: 0. Also in the following games, Messi became a hero in his homeland.
Against Iran, he scored in injury time with a dream goal for the victory and against Nigeria he even had two more hits to follow. But then came the games in which he did not score a single goal: the knockout phase of a World Cup tournament.
First, Messi’s chronic goalless in the knockout games continued to be tragic, because, in the second round against Switzerland, he put on for Angel di Maria, who could prevent such an extension and shot Argentina into the quarter-finals. For his first semi-final game, Messi could again thank Higuain, who scored the winning goal against strong Belgian.
The Netherlands held even better, forcing Messi and Co. on penalties. There failed Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder, Messi, however, turned cold. In the final, however, the fear of opponent Germany waited for the final, which previously sent the rival from Brazil impressive 7: 1 out of the race.
“Show the world that you’re better than Messi,” said Joachim Loew to Mario Götze on his substitution. A little later, he was known to score the decisive 1-0 and the Gauchos to superstar Messi were allowed to look at the award ceremony again and not touch.
Lionel Messi Argentina World Cup performance data at World Championships
|World Cup 2014||7||4||1|
|World Cup 2010||5||–||3|
|World Cup 2006||3||1||1|