Argentina captain Lionel Messi is set to take a break from international football when La Albiceleste's disappointing showing at the 2018 FIFA world cup.
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The Barcelona star won't feature for Argentina for the rest of the yr. He can then create a choice on whether or not he can come back next year.
There was immense pressure on Messi at the world Cup. The forward is widely considered one in every of the best players to grace the game, and also the tournament in Russia was thought of his last likelihood to win it.
Argentina has a gifted squad, have struggled to make a cohesive team. The team found it tough going throughout world cup qualifying and required a hat-trick from Messi in their final game against Ecuador to secure their place.
It was an identical story in Russia wherever manager Jorge Sampaoli's facet created hard work of their group games. Argentina solely confirmed their place within the knockout stages with a 2-1 convince Nigeria in their final match. Messi gave the impression to be feeling the pressure,
Argentina didn't last for much longer within the tournament. They were crushed 4-3 by ultimate winners France within the last sixteen.
Messi managed one goal and 2 assists at the world Cup, that led to criticism over his performances.