I think Messi is one of the best players of the tournament thus far, even though he didn't score. You don't necessarily need to score to become an important player and he's shown that.
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Zlatan;2897986 said:I think Messi is one of the best players of the tournament thus far, even though he didn't score. You don't necessarily need to score to become an important player and he's shown that.
Help?;2897735 said:You seriously can't figure out why they underperform?
1. Different coach, different tactics = different instructions
2. Fatigue, playing 2 intense games every week for 10 months = no energy for the summer
Isn't it obvious why the top players that have amazing season for their teams almost always fail to deliver in the summer. While average players at the club level that barely get a game in, seem to outshine everybody in the summer tournaments?
jumbo;2897798 said:I tell you why... because they don't give a ****. They don't get paid for playing on the national team. Only a fool puts more energy into a hobby than his full-time job. Or someone with loads of ambition. Which one of these do you think your superstars fall under?
The game's become over-commercialized. Running around with your country's crest on the jersey doesn't mean the same thing it used to. Remember this - football follows culture, no - football reflects culture. We are motivated by money, what do you think motivates your superstars? Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney - financially they are set for generations to come. They've achieved everything at club and individual level. You think they give a ****? If they don't win now, it's ok, someone of them will come back in four years and try again.
Superstars my ass. People like Jong Tae Se who cries every time the North Korea anthem is played and leaves his heart on the pitch - that's a real superstar.
skiptomylou;2897927 said:Messi has more of a Maradona-esque playmaker role in the NT than as a right forward in Barca. He has a ridiculous amount of impact, especially when he gets double or triple marked whenever he touches the ball yet still makes plays. Even then how many ****ty tap in goals have Higuain and the other strikers have gotten off of Messi's shots?
MelvinSmiley;2898185 said:Without Messi Argentina wouldnt be as half as good. Fact and period.
Also he doesnt have that many highskilled mates in his team like he has in Barcelona. Its different to play with Veron and Teves instead of Xavi and Iniesta for example. No national team is nearly as good as the top clubteams. Cant be.
daS;2898284 said:Moggi told, there were 9 players in NT from Juventus while they won the cup in 2006 .. today, Italy NT has only one player from the Champions League Champions Inter cos there is not more..
If Spain is successful, its because, most of starting 11 players come from Barcelona .. they used to play all together.. And Spain uses Barça gameplan..
And England.. Premier League is maybe the biggest league but they lose their own football.. Buying foreign players will block your national players' future...