Legendary former Argentina striker, Gabriel Batistuta, believes that Lionel Messi is not the “Christ of the Redeemer” and that the lamb that once pressed against the flea is now different.
Where the captain of the Argentine national team was feeling great pressure due to the lack of an international championship for his country, and his entry into the comparison with Diego Maradona, before he achieved the Copa America title in the last version and the picture changed.
Batistuta spoke to “La Nacion” newspaper about the unjust treatment that Messi was subjected to in the past, and about his change now because of what Lionel is achieving for his country, and about his expectations for what Al-Barghout will present in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar
Is Messi carrying the Argentina national team?
Batistuta said: “For a long time we have given full responsibility to Messi, first we condemn ourselves because we thought Messi was the Messiah the Savior, yes, he is a great player, but he is not the Messiah, and then we condemn him as well. We have caused damage for a long time.”
He continued: “Now that has changed because he feels more free with these guys, of course if I had the ball, I would give it to him, if I had two teammates, I would give it to Messi if I could, well, that’s what these kids understand, they all play well, if they don’t If they can give it to Messi, they will give it somewhere else.”
He continued: “Go and ask Messi if he prefers playing in Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, where he shared everything with great players, or plays alone and scores all the goals, that’s why he should be happy in this team to see the character of all the players.”
Does Messi have more to offer?
The 35-year-old failed to make the Ballon d’Or shortlist for the first time since 2005, with a quiet season at PSG allowing others to compete for the coveted award.
But that didn’t stop Batistuta from believing that Lionel wasn’t done yet, as he clarified: “He’ll do more! He’s from Mars!”
He added: “I understand his mentality, he has shown that he can continue, so why stop, we are all playing because we have a goal, and the goal here is to be the best in the world forever, and that drives him, and I imagine he will play until he is sent off.”
Regarding Messi’s appearance in the World Cup, he concluded: “Messi will play well in the World Cup, not because he might be the last, because he certainly wanted to win previous tournaments, but now he has a good team around him