Lionel Messi needs help from Argentina squad after FIFA World Cup opening shocker with Iceland
Posted: 18 June 2018 Time: 19:00
Lionel Messi will need the help of the Argentina squad and cannot win the FIFA World Cup on his own like Diego Maradona, according to former striker Hernan Crespo.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner endured a frustrating afternoon against the European minnows and missed a penalty during their 1-1 Group D opener.
Along with Croatia and Nigeria within the group, the South American face an uphill battle if their entire squad can't raise their level to help Messi thrive within the talented squad.
"Let's start with a fact: Messi deserves a five [for his performance]," Crespo told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Of course, we expect more from him, but Messi is not [Diego] Maradona, alone he does not win a World Cup.
"This must be understood first by all Argentinians, and then by his team-mates. He is a phenomenon if he is put in the right conditions, like in Barcelona. Otherwise, he is struggling.
"But tell me: who helped him against Iceland? [Angel] Di Maria did not get past his opponent once, the midfielders did not support him."