Gerardo MARTINO talks MESSI and Argentina

Gerardo MARTINO spoke about Lionel MESSI and the Argentina National Team. Here’s what he had to say about MESSI:

“We need to understand how difficult it is to be Lionel MESSI. Despite being the greatest, MESSI is an ordinary guy. He speaks like a normal guy, he acts like a normal guy. As a normal person, he has family, day-to-day problems in his life, friends and family, the usual.”

“MESSI hasn’t achieved everything yet. It should be clear to everyone that his life isn’t all plain sailing. In football, things don’t always go his way. It’s clear that not having won with Argentina weighs on him.”

“There are no doubts: he plays with the same intensity for club and country.”

“MESSI played great at the Copa America. It’s a tournament where you need to play every 3 or 4 days and he played very well. He’s strong willed – you see how determined he is when he plays for Argentina.”

“And you can even see how determined he is at an event which has nothing to do with Argentina, like the Ballon d’Or which he received for his received for his work at Barcelona.”

“Again he talked about needing to achieve greater success with Argentina.”

About the team not having won a senior trophy in years:

“I don’t know what it was like after the World Cup but I remember the room after the Copa final. If you took a picture of that room, saw those faces, then nobody would argue that these guys lacked emotion after what happened to Argentina.”

“It’s clear that we need to win, collectively, and anyone who works in football knows that it’s difficult to gain true recognition without titles. Unfortunately, this is reality. I do not share this view – for me what’s important is how we tread the path.”

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