Argentina with and without Messi

I am not busting myths by saying that Argentina is not the same team with and without Lionel Messi. The Albiceleste are currently experiencing a rather difficult qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup and lot of the blame goes to the absence of La Pulga. Argentina won three out of three games when the man from Barcelona was playing (Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay) and only one of the seven in which he was not present (Colombia, 4 draws and 2 defeats). Argentina have only scored 11 goals and besides Messi (2), defender Gabriel Mercado (2) is the only player to have scored more than one goal.

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Neymar: on his way to become history’s all time leading goal scorer

Plenty of interesting things happened during this international ‘break’. Messi scored 2 goals in the 25 minutes he played for Argentina, Rooney became England’s all time leading goal scorer and San Marino scored their first official away goal in 14 years. Meanwhile in the USA, Brazil and the USA played a friendly game and Neymar added two more goals to his now grand total of 46 goals for la Seleçao. 46, traquilo. An incredible Continue reading

Messi: a short preview of the Copa America 2015

Messi played two editions of the Copa America: Colombia 2007 and Argentina 2011. And as can be seen in this blog post; it does not seem to be his favorite tournament. He has scored only 2 goals in 10 games, and averages 0,21 goals per 90 minutes.

Previewing the Copa America 2015 in Chile, let’s see how he has done against Argentina’s opponents in the group phase:

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Lionel Messi: his finals and performance against Chile (and Claudio Bravo)

After having already won the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals this year, Messi is about to play his 18th one-legged final: the Copa America final against Chile, where he will want to take revenge for the last two finals he lost with the first squad of Argentina. A quick summary of his final and stats against Chile.
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Why Messi did deserve the Golden Ball at the 2014 World Cup

For pretty much everyone it was a big surprise to see Lionel Messi waiting to climb the FIFA terrace of the Maracaná in order to receive the prestigious Golden Ball. Although he did not score in any of the matches in the KO stages and he had just lost a final in which he also did not show a stunning performance, the FIFA officials had chosen ‘La Pulga’ as the best player of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

In this blog some often- and some not-so-often seen statistics will be used to see to what extent Lionel maybe was the most valuable player of the tournament or wether the critics that the election of football’s most loved son maybe was a marketing indulged decision!

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