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2018 FIFA WC: Argentina's World Cup winning legend reveals the reason behind Messi's failure for Argentina

[caption id="attachment_64494" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Mario Kempes discovers the reason why Lionel Messi struggles while performing for his nation.[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: FIFA World Cup-winning Argentine forward Mario Kempes discovers the reason why Lionel Messi struggles while performing for his nation.

Kempes about this odd dynamic between Messi and his native country.

Translating for Kempes, Salazar said, "Well first, he was raised from a soccer standpoint in Spain," referring to the fact that Messi left Argentina at 12-years-old to join Barcelona's famed youth academy, La Masia. "[Kempes] says also that there's a tendency in Argentina to detract, to kind of take down the best that they have."





Kempes also pointed out that the 1986 World Cup-winning Argentina team was still revered in Argentina. That team was famously led by Diego Maradona, one of the few players in the history of the game who could be reasonably said to be Messi's equal on the soccer pitch.

Of course, it does not help Messi's reputation in his home country that he has never won a major international trophy, and Kempes was critical of past Argentina managers for letting Messi down in that regard.





"[Kempes is] not sure if they've been able to surround Messi with the appropriate players, the appropriate formation, to get things done . . . they're all friends off the field, but when you watch them play on the field, they look like they don't know each other," Salazar said.

 

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